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  • Louisville Metro employment commission sided with Omni contractor in construction worker wage dispute

    Louisville Metro employment commission sided with Omni contractor in construction worker wage dispute

    Thursday, May 25 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-05-25 18:45:10 GMT
    Drywall workers, joined by supporters, on strike at the Omni Hotel project Thursday, May 25, 2017.Drywall workers, joined by supporters, on strike at the Omni Hotel project Thursday, May 25, 2017.

    More than a year before about 100 immigrant drywall workers walked off the Omni Hotel job Wednesday, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission sided with general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie in a dispute over the wages those workers are paid. 

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    More than a year before about 100 immigrant drywall workers walked off the Omni Hotel job Wednesday, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission sided with general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie in a dispute over the wages those workers are paid. 

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  • Report: Rival company approaches Louisville's Brown-Forman with takeover interest

    Report: Rival company approaches Louisville's Brown-Forman with takeover interest

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:26:55 GMT
    Brown-Forman's headquarters on Dixie Highway in LouisvilleBrown-Forman's headquarters on Dixie Highway in Louisville

    Louisville-based Brown Forman Corp. has been approached by rival Constellation Brands about a takeover, but the Brown Forman told its rival that it isn’t interested in selling, CNBC reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. 

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    Louisville-based Brown Forman Corp. has been approached by rival Constellation Brands about a takeover, but the Brown Forman told its rival that it isn’t interested in selling, CNBC reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. 

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  • After recent land grab, Churchill Downs may 'build something special' near track, CEO says

    After recent land grab, Churchill Downs may 'build something special' near track, CEO says

    Monday, May 22 2017 3:34 PM EDT2017-05-22 19:34:52 GMT
    Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen, May 22, 2017Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen, May 22, 2017

    Churchill Downs' recent splurge on real estate around its iconic Louisville racetrack gives the company “the flexibility and the options to build something special, and do special things,” Churchill CEO Bill Carstanjen said Monday.

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    Churchill Downs' recent splurge on real estate around its iconic Louisville racetrack gives the company “the flexibility and the options to build something special, and do special things,” Churchill CEO Bill Carstanjen said Monday.

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  • KentuckyOne Health plans to sell money-losing group of Louisville healthcare facilities by end of the year

    KentuckyOne Health plans to sell money-losing group of Louisville healthcare facilities by end of the year

    Saturday, May 20 2017 7:00 AM EDT2017-05-20 11:00:19 GMT
    KentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown LouisvilleKentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville

    KentuckyOne Health is losing millions of dollars operating Jewish Hospital and a number of other Louisville-area facilities, and the health system hopes to sell the money-losing group of properties by the end of 2017.

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    KentuckyOne Health is losing millions of dollars operating Jewish Hospital and a number of other Louisville-area facilities, and the health system hopes to sell the money-losing group of properties by the end of 2017.

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  • Ruth Brinkley to resign as CEO of KentuckyOne Health

    Ruth Brinkley to resign as CEO of KentuckyOne Health

    Friday, May 19 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-05-19 16:16:41 GMT
    Ruth BrinkleyRuth Brinkley

    A week after announcing a major retreat from the Louisville market, KentuckyOne Health said Friday that its CEO will leave the job in July. Ruth Brinkley, who has led the statewide health system since its inception in 2012, will resign effective July 14.

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    A week after announcing a major retreat from the Louisville market, KentuckyOne Health said Friday that its CEO will leave the job in July. Ruth Brinkley, who has led the statewide health system since its inception in 2012, will resign effective July 14.

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  • Postel takes lead for U of L in negotiation on KFC Yum! Center payments

    Postel takes lead for U of L in negotiation on KFC Yum! Center payments

    Thursday, May 18 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-05-18 21:32:55 GMT
    Dr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of LouisvilleDr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville

    The University of Louisville board of trustees voted Thursday to give interim U of L President Greg Postel the authority to work out a new lease for the university’s basketball programs at the KFC Yum! Center, and Postel said he hopes to ink a deal in the next few weeks.

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    The University of Louisville board of trustees voted Thursday to give interim U of L President Greg Postel the authority to work out a new lease for the university’s basketball programs at the KFC Yum! Center, and Postel said he hopes to ink a deal in the next few weeks.

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  • Postel: KentuckyOne sell-off plan "a real problem" for University of Louisville

    Postel: KentuckyOne sell-off plan "a real problem" for University of Louisville

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 5:27 PM EDT2017-05-17 21:27:12 GMT
    KentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown LouisvilleKentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville

    The University of Louisville shouldn’t rule out trying to acquire Jewish Hospital and the Frazier Rehabilitation Institute because the two downtown facilities have close ties to U of L’s School of Medicine, interim U of L President Greg Postel said Wednesday.

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    The University of Louisville shouldn’t rule out trying to acquire Jewish Hospital and the Frazier Rehabilitation Institute because the two downtown facilities have close ties to U of L’s School of Medicine, interim U of L President Greg Postel said Wednesday.

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  • Ford job cuts won't affect Louisville plants

    Ford job cuts won't affect Louisville plants

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 10:25 AM EDT2017-05-17 14:25:23 GMT
    Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in LouisvilleFord's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville

    Ford Motor Co. plans to cut 10 percent of its salaried jobs in North America and Asia Pacific this year in an effort to boost profits, but the cuts won’t affect workers at the company’s two Louisville plants. 

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    Ford Motor Co. plans to cut 10 percent of its salaried jobs in North America and Asia Pacific this year in an effort to boost profits, but the cuts won’t affect workers at the company’s two Louisville plants. 

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  • Report: Ford plans job cuts to boost profits

    Report: Ford plans job cuts to boost profits

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 10:50 AM EDT2017-05-16 14:50:58 GMT

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Ford Motor Co. is planning substantial job cuts in order to boost profits and raise its stock price, but a union official in Louisville said he knows of no layoffs among the more-than 13,000 line workers at Ford’s two local plants.

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    The Wall Street Journal reports that Ford Motor Co. is planning substantial job cuts in order to boost profits and raise its stock price, but a union official in Louisville said he knows of no layoffs among the more-than 13,000 line workers at Ford’s two local plants.

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  • KentuckianaWorks manufacturing program celebrates 1,000th job placement in 4 years

    KentuckianaWorks manufacturing program celebrates 1,000th job placement in 4 years

    Monday, May 15 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-05-15 20:53:00 GMT

    The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center has placed 1,000 people in jobs since 2013 through KentuckianaWorks.

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    The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center has placed 1,000 people in jobs since 2013 through KentuckianaWorks.

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  • KentuckyOne Health to sell Jewish Hospital, other Louisville facilities

    KentuckyOne Health to sell Jewish Hospital, other Louisville facilities

    Friday, May 12 2017 5:42 PM EDT2017-05-12 21:42:48 GMT
    KentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown LouisvilleKentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville

    Financially struggling KentuckyOne Health said Friday it plans to sell its Louisville facilities, including Jewish Hospital, the Frazier Rehab Institute, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

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    Financially struggling KentuckyOne Health said Friday it plans to sell its Louisville facilities, including Jewish Hospital, the Frazier Rehab Institute, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

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  • Apple to pour $200 million into Kentucky factory that first developed glass for the iPhone

    Apple to pour $200 million into Kentucky factory that first developed glass for the iPhone

    Friday, May 12 2017 10:15 AM EDT2017-05-12 14:15:55 GMT
    Gorilla Glass (courtesy of Corning, Inc.)Gorilla Glass (courtesy of Corning, Inc.)

    Apple will invest $200 million in the Harrodsburg, Kentucky factory that first developed the scratch-resistant glass for the original iPhone in 2007, the company said Friday.

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    Apple will invest $200 million in the Harrodsburg, Kentucky factory that first developed the scratch-resistant glass for the original iPhone in 2007, the company said Friday.

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  • Derby weekend hotel rates rise despite increased competition

    Derby weekend hotel rates rise despite increased competition

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 1:18 PM EDT2017-05-10 17:18:49 GMT
    Derby weekend hotel rates 2017Derby weekend hotel rates 2017

    Louisville-area hotels managed to push their average rates for the Kentucky Derby weekend into record territory this year despite more competition and a slight drop in demand for rooms.

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    Louisville-area hotels managed to push their average rates for the Kentucky Derby weekend into record territory this year despite more competition and a slight drop in demand for rooms. 

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Churchill Downs grabs $13 million in neighborhood real estate during unprecedented buying binge

    SUNDAY EDITION | Churchill Downs grabs $13 million in neighborhood real estate during unprecedented buying binge

    Sunday, May 7 2017 8:42 PM EDT2017-05-08 00:42:36 GMT
    Churchill Downs has spent nearly $13 million since December on real estate near the track, including the last two houses closest to Gate 17 on Homeview Drive.Churchill Downs has spent nearly $13 million since December on real estate near the track, including the last two houses closest to Gate 17 on Homeview Drive.

    Churchill Downs has gone on an unprecedented buying spree, snapping up $13 million in homes, lots and commercial properties on three sides of its iconic Central Avenue track. Company officials are mum on their plans. 

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    Churchill Downs has gone on an unprecedented buying spree, snapping up $13 million in homes, lots and commercial properties on three sides of its iconic Central Avenue track. Company officials are mum on their plans. 

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  • GE Appliances to remove hotel AC unit line from Louisville Appliance Park

    GE Appliances to remove hotel AC unit line from Louisville Appliance Park

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 3:40 PM EDT2017-05-02 19:40:30 GMT
    The Zoneline AC unit production line at Louisville Appliance Park, February 9, 2016The Zoneline AC unit production line at Louisville Appliance Park, February 9, 2016

    GE Appliances plans to shift production of a hotel-room air conditioner from Louisville Appliance Park to one its four other U.S. factories, but the company said none of the 140 union workers who make the AC units here will be laid off. 

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    GE Appliances plans to shift production of a hotel-room air conditioner from Louisville Appliance Park to one its four other U.S. factories, but the company said none of the 140 union workers who make the AC units here will be laid off. 

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  • U of L Athletics Association to pick up tab for $6 million incentive pay promised to Jurich

    U of L Athletics Association to pick up tab for $6 million incentive pay promised to Jurich

    Thursday, April 27 2017 4:32 PM EDT2017-04-27 20:32:50 GMT
    Tom Jurich and James Ramsey, April 2016Tom Jurich and James Ramsey, April 2016

    The University of Louisville Athletics Association plans to formally take responsibility to pay up to $6 million to athletics director Tom Jurich under a deal that former U of L President James Ramsey gave Jurich in 2014 through the U of L Foundation. 

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    The University of Louisville Athletics Association plans to formally take responsibility to pay up to $6 million to athletics director Tom Jurich under a deal that former U of L President James Ramsey gave Jurich in 2014 through the U of L Foundation. 

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  • John Schnatter resigns University of Louisville athletics board as Tom Jurich decries "bantering in the community"

    John Schnatter resigns University of Louisville athletics board as Tom Jurich decries "bantering in the community"

    Thursday, April 27 2017 3:27 PM EDT2017-04-27 19:27:25 GMT

    John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's International, has resigned from the University of Louisville athletics association board.

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    John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's International, has resigned from the University of Louisville athletics association board.

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  • Interapt moving to Portland neighborhood, planning 250 jobs

    Interapt moving to Portland neighborhood, planning 250 jobs

    Thursday, April 27 2017 2:23 PM EDT2017-04-27 18:23:00 GMT

    Louisville software company Interapt is taking over a warehouse in the Portland neighborhood and planning to grow to about 250 employees over the next few years. Interapt, founded by Ankur Gopal in 2009, will renovate a 22,000-square-foot warehouse at 1226 Rowan Street for its new office, according to a new release from Gov. Matt Bevin.

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    Louisville software company Interapt is taking over a warehouse in the Portland neighborhood and planning to grow to about 250 employees over the next few years. Interapt, founded by Ankur Gopal in 2009, will renovate a 22,000-square-foot warehouse at 1226 Rowan Street for its new office, according to a new release from Gov. Matt Bevin.

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  • University of Louisville athletics department to get "thorough look" as John Schnatter sidesteps media

    University of Louisville athletics department to get "thorough look" as John Schnatter sidesteps media

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 5:09 PM EDT2017-04-26 21:09:28 GMT
    Papa John's International founder and CEO John Schnatter at a meeting of the University of Louisville board of trustees, of which he is a member. April 26, 2017Papa John's International founder and CEO John Schnatter at a meeting of the University of Louisville board of trustees, of which he is a member. April 26, 2017

    Two weeks since he made explosive comments about the University of Louisville Athletics Association and its director Tom Jurich, Papa John’s International CEO John Schnatter rebuffed a horde of reporters who attempted to ask him to elaborate. 

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    Two weeks since he made explosive comments about the University of Louisville Athletics Association and its director Tom Jurich, Papa John’s International CEO John Schnatter rebuffed a horde of reporters who attempted to ask him to elaborate. 

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  • Fischer: Google Fiber is coming to Louisville

    Fischer: Google Fiber is coming to Louisville

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-04-26 20:55:56 GMT

    Nineteen months after Google Fiber first expressed interest in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday that the ultrafast Internet service is coming to the city.

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    Nineteen months after Google Fiber first expressed interest in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday that the ultrafast Internet service is coming to the city.

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  • Louisville real estate developer Carl Ray dies at 77

    Louisville real estate developer Carl Ray dies at 77

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 12:31 PM EDT2017-04-26 16:31:32 GMT
    Louisville developer Carl Ray Jr.Louisville developer Carl Ray Jr.

    Longtime Louisville real estate developer Carl Ray Jr. died Tuesday at age 77, according to Eileen Nelson Smith, his associate for 32 years. Ray's projects included the Spring Hill and Holly Springs subdivisions, the River Green business park and the Old Henry Crossings office.

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    Longtime Louisville real estate developer Carl Ray Jr. died Tuesday at age 77, according to Eileen Nelson Smith, his associate for 32 years. Ray's projects included the Spring Hill and Holly Springs subdivisions, the River Green business park and the Old Henry Crossings office.

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  • University of Louisville Foundation approves first detailed budget, sacks law and accounting firms

    University of Louisville Foundation approves first detailed budget, sacks law and accounting firms

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 4:34 PM EDT2017-04-25 20:34:25 GMT
    University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David GrissomUniversity of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom

    The University of Louisville Foundation on Tuesday adopted a detailed budget to guide its spending in the upcoming year -- a basic financial management procedure that the $900 million organization never undertook during the 14-year administration of former U of L President James Ramsey. 

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    The University of Louisville Foundation on Tuesday adopted a detailed budget to guide its spending in the upcoming year -- a basic financial management procedure that the $900 million organization never undertook during the 14-year administration of former U of L President James Ramsey. 

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  • Legal bills mount as Louisville defends 'Google Fiber' ordinance

    Legal bills mount as Louisville defends 'Google Fiber' ordinance

    Monday, April 24 2017 4:09 PM EDT2017-04-24 20:09:15 GMT
    An AT&T worker installs new lines for the company's fiber Internet and TV service in October 2016 in Louisville.An AT&T worker installs new lines for the company's fiber Internet and TV service in October 2016 in Louisville.

    Louisville Metro taxpayers have spent nearly $165,000 so far on outside lawyers to defend a utility pole ordinance passed more than a year ago at the behest of Google Fiber despite few signs that the super-fast Internet service will be installed here anytime soon. On Tuesday, lawyers for the city and for telecommunications giant AT&T will square off.

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    Louisville Metro taxpayers have spent nearly $165,000 so far on outside lawyers to defend a utility pole ordinance passed more than a year ago at the behest of Google Fiber despite few signs that the super-fast Internet service will be installed here anytime soon. On Tuesday, lawyers for the city and for telecommunications giant AT&T will square off.

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  • Nearly 100,000 residential properties in Louisville get new tax value

    Nearly 100,000 residential properties in Louisville get new tax value

    Friday, April 21 2017 3:38 PM EDT2017-04-21 19:38:38 GMT
    Jefferson County PVA Tony Lindauer, April 21, 2017Jefferson County PVA Tony Lindauer, April 21, 2017

    Nearly 70,000 Jefferson County homeowners will see their taxable property values go up this year, while about 29,000 homeowners will have lower assessments, according to Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Tony Lindauer’s office. Most the residential homes and lots getting new assessments are in South Louisville or outside the Snyder Freeway.

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    Nearly 70,000 Jefferson County homeowners will see their taxable property values go up this year, while about 29,000 homeowners will have lower assessments, according to Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Tony Lindauer’s office. Most the residential homes and lots getting new assessments are in South Louisville or outside the Snyder Freeway.

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  • Report: Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare exploring sale

    Report: Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare exploring sale

    Friday, April 21 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-04-21 18:30:08 GMT
    Louisville-based Kindred HealthcareLouisville-based Kindred Healthcare

    Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare is working with investment banks to explore selling itself to a bigger company or private equity firm, according to a report by news agency Reuters on Friday. Citing anonymous sources, the report said Kindred is “still in the early stages."

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    Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare is working with investment banks to explore selling itself to a bigger company or private equity firm, according to a report by news agency Reuters on Friday. Citing anonymous sources, the report said Kindred is “still in the early stages."

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  • Passport Health Plan moving headquarters to West Louisville

    Passport Health Plan moving headquarters to West Louisville

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 3:52 PM EDT2017-04-19 19:52:34 GMT

    Passport Health Plan, the nonprofit that administers Medicaid benefits in the Louisville area, is moving its corporate office to a vacant site in Louisville's west end where Walmart had once planned to build a super center.

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    Passport Health Plan, the nonprofit that administers Medicaid benefits in the Louisville area, is moving its corporate office to a vacant site in Louisville's west end where Walmart had once planned to build a super center.

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  • Passport Health Plan to make 'announcement' Wednesday at West Louisville site

    Passport Health Plan to make 'announcement' Wednesday at West Louisville site

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 7:19 AM EDT2017-04-19 11:19:43 GMT
    Drone footage shows the site at 18th and Broadway.Drone footage shows the site at 18th and Broadway.

    Passport Health Plan, the nonprofit that administers Medicaid benefits in the Louisville area, may be moving its corporate office to the vacant West Louisville site where Walmart had once planned to build a super center. 

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    Passport Health Plan, the nonprofit that administers Medicaid benefits in the Louisville area, may be moving its corporate office to the vacant West Louisville site where Walmart had once planned to build a super center. 

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  • KentuckyOne Health cuts 250 jobs, cites "evolution of health care"

    KentuckyOne Health cuts 250 jobs, cites "evolution of health care"

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 4:37 PM EDT2017-04-18 20:37:26 GMT
    The emergency room at University Hospital, Nov. 18, 2015. The hospital is managed by KentuckyOne Health, but will soon transfer back to U of L.The emergency room at University Hospital, Nov. 18, 2015. The hospital is managed by KentuckyOne Health, but will soon transfer back to U of L.

    KentuckyOne Health, the statewide health system based in Louisville, is undertaking another round of layoffs, citing “challenges brought by the continuing evolution of health care reform and reimbursement structures.” KentuckyOne, a unit of Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, said it’s cutting 250 jobs.

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    KentuckyOne Health, the statewide health system based in Louisville, is undertaking another round of layoffs, citing “challenges brought by the continuing evolution of health care reform and reimbursement structures.” KentuckyOne, a unit of Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, said it’s cutting 250 jobs.

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  • RAW VIDEO | John Schnatter: UofL athletics needs 'fix,' Tom Jurich 'invisible'

    RAW VIDEO | John Schnatter: UofL athletics needs 'fix,' Tom Jurich 'invisible'

    Thursday, April 13 2017 1:44 PM EDT2017-04-13 17:44:18 GMT

    While not mentioning Jurich by name, Schnatter complained that the “the leadership” of the athletics department is “invisible” to the university’s governing board.

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    While not mentioning Jurich by name, Schnatter complained that the “the leadership” of the athletics department is “invisible” to the university’s governing board.

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  • YMCA to make 'announcement' Thursday at site of long-planned West Louisville branch

    YMCA to make 'announcement' Thursday at site of long-planned West Louisville branch

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 10:48 AM EDT2017-04-12 14:48:31 GMT
    Rendering of planned YMCA branch at 1700 W BroadwayRendering of planned YMCA branch at 1700 W Broadway

    The YMCA of Greater Louisville may be ready to move ahead with construction of a long-planned branch in West Louisville. YMCA officials are set to make “an announcement regarding advancement of services for West Louisville” on Thursday at the site.

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    The YMCA of Greater Louisville may be ready to move ahead with construction of a long-planned branch in West Louisville. YMCA officials are set to make “an announcement regarding advancement of services for West Louisville” on Thursday at the site.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Planned as ‘research hub,’ University of Louisville Foundation’s marquee building now ‘just ordinary office space’

    SUNDAY EDITION | Planned as ‘research hub,’ University of Louisville Foundation’s marquee building now ‘just ordinary office space’

    Sunday, April 9 2017 9:43 PM EDT2017-04-10 01:43:09 GMT
    Atria Senior Living rents more than half the space in the Atria Support Center at 300 E. Market Street. The University of Louisville Foundation owns the building, which it once planned to be a research hub.Atria Senior Living rents more than half the space in the Atria Support Center at 300 E. Market Street. The University of Louisville Foundation owns the building, which it once planned to be a research hub.

    Ten years ago, University of Louisville officials envisioned a research hub on Market Street, near the school's Health Sciences Campus. But the marquee building bears little resemblance to the original plan.

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    Ten years ago, University of Louisville officials envisioned a research hub on Market Street, near the school's Health Sciences Campus. But the marquee building bears little resemblance to the original plan.

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  • Report: Kentucky would be among the states most harmed by "border adjustment" tax

    Report: Kentucky would be among the states most harmed by "border adjustment" tax

    Thursday, April 6 2017 10:31 AM EDT2017-04-06 14:31:55 GMT
    Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in LouisvilleFord's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville

    A new report concludes Kentucky would be among the handful of states most affected by a 20 percent tax on imported goods that some Congressional Republicans support as part of a broader tax overhaul. 

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    A new report concludes Kentucky would be among the handful of states most affected by a 20 percent tax on imported goods that some Congressional Republicans support as part of a broader tax overhaul. 

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  • Texas Roadhouse to pay $12 million to settle age-discrimination case

    Texas Roadhouse to pay $12 million to settle age-discrimination case

    Monday, April 3 2017 1:50 PM EDT2017-04-03 17:50:57 GMT

    Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse will pay $12 million and hire a “diversity director,” among other concessions, to settle an age-discrimination lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. 

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    Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse will pay $12 million and hire a “diversity director,” among other concessions, to settle an age-discrimination lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. 

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  • Union files charges with labor board over outsourcing at GE Appliance Park

    Union files charges with labor board over outsourcing at GE Appliance Park

    Thursday, March 30 2017 9:43 AM EDT2017-03-30 13:43:20 GMT
    Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.

    The union representing about 4,000 workers at GE Appliance Park has asked the National Labor Relations Board to investigate whether GE Appliances violated federal labor law earlier this year by outsourcing the factory’s warehouse operation, a move that affected about 200 union workers. 

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    The union representing about 4,000 workers at GE Appliance Park has asked the National Labor Relations Board to investigate whether GE Appliances violated federal labor law earlier this year by outsourcing the factory’s warehouse operation, a move that affected about 200 union workers. 

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  • Ford recall includes Escape SUVs made in Louisville

    Ford recall includes Escape SUVs made in Louisville

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 10:43 AM EDT2017-03-29 14:43:06 GMT
    The Ford Escape is made at Louisville Assembly Plant off Fern Valley Road.The Ford Escape is made at Louisville Assembly Plant off Fern Valley Road.

    Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 230,000 vehicles because of a risk of fire under their hoods, including some Escape SUVs made at Louisville Assembly Plant off Fern Valley Road in 2013 and 2014. 

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    Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 230,000 vehicles because of a risk of fire under their hoods, including some Escape SUVs made at Louisville Assembly Plant off Fern Valley Road in 2013 and 2014. 

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  • University of Louisville Foundation scraps extra pay given to top administrators

    University of Louisville Foundation scraps extra pay given to top administrators

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-03-28 21:45:07 GMT
    U of L Foundation board, March 28, 2017U of L Foundation board, March 28, 2017

    The University of Louisville Foundation will no longer supplement the salaries of administrators at the school with “deferred compensation” payments that have already cost the nonprofit organization over $20 million. 

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    The University of Louisville Foundation will no longer supplement the salaries of administrators at the school with “deferred compensation” payments that have already cost the nonprofit organization over $20 million. 

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  • Facing 'run on the bank,' University of Louisville Foundation used Owsley Brown Frazier gift to pay administrators

    Facing 'run on the bank,' University of Louisville Foundation used Owsley Brown Frazier gift to pay administrators

    Monday, March 27 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-03-27 18:30:02 GMT
    The late Owsley Brown Frazier, left, announced a $25 million gift to the University of Louisville in 2011. Frazier said former U of L President James Ramsey, right, could decide how to spend the money. (U of L photo)The late Owsley Brown Frazier, left, announced a $25 million gift to the University of Louisville in 2011. Frazier said former U of L President James Ramsey, right, could decide how to spend the money. (U of L photo)

    Just before Christmas in 2011, then-University of Louisville President James Ramsey held a press conference to announce the largest individual gift in the school’s history -- a $25 million pledge from the late philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier. About $7 million ended up being used by the school's foundation for extra administrator compensation. 

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    Just before Christmas in 2011, then-University of Louisville President James Ramsey held a press conference to announce the largest individual gift in the school’s history -- a $25 million pledge from the late philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier. About $7 million ended up being used by the school's foundation for extra administrator compensation. 

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  • Baptist Health CEO out amid continued operating losses

    Baptist Health CEO out amid continued operating losses

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 4:50 PM EDT2017-03-21 20:50:48 GMT
    Baptist Health CEO Steve Hanson left the organization effective March 21, 2017.Baptist Health CEO Steve Hanson left the organization effective March 21, 2017.

    Steve Hanson, the CEO of Louisville-based Baptist Health, is leaving “immediately” after about four years on the job. Baptist wouldn’t comment on the circumstances leading to Hanson’s abrupt departure, and Allen Rudd, the chairman of the nonprofit’s board of directors, declined an interview request.

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    Steve Hanson, the CEO of Louisville-based Baptist Health, is leaving “immediately” after about four years on the job. Baptist wouldn’t comment on the circumstances leading to Hanson’s abrupt departure, and Allen Rudd, the chairman of the nonprofit’s board of directors, declined an interview request.

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  • University of Louisville trustees chairman: no more 'double dipping' for administrators with foundation paychecks

    University of Louisville trustees chairman: no more 'double dipping' for administrators with foundation paychecks

    Friday, March 17 2017 11:40 AM EDT2017-03-17 15:40:29 GMT
    J. David Grissom, chairman of U of L board of trusteesJ. David Grissom, chairman of U of L board of trustees

    University of Louisville administrators will no longer receive extra paychecks from the university’s nonprofit foundation, according to the new chairman of U of L’s board of trustees. In an interview, trustees Chairman J. David Grissom repudiated a program under which the foundation doled out over $20 million in “deferred compensation."

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    University of Louisville administrators will no longer receive extra paychecks from the university’s nonprofit foundation, according to the new chairman of U of L’s board of trustees. In an interview, trustees Chairman J. David Grissom repudiated a program under which the foundation doled out over $20 million in “deferred compensation."

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  • Humana CEO: We're not coming back to Obamacare

    Humana CEO: We're not coming back to Obamacare

    Thursday, March 16 2017 11:30 AM EDT2017-03-16 15:30:54 GMT
    Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo)Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo)

    Regardless of the Obamacare overhaul Republicans are pursuing, Humana is out for good, the CEO of the Louisville-based health insurer said Thursday. 

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    Regardless of the Obamacare overhaul Republicans are pursuing, Humana is out for good, the CEO of the Louisville-based health insurer said Thursday. 

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  • University of Louisville leaders want president who acts with "transparency"

    University of Louisville leaders want president who acts with "transparency"

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 5:10 PM EDT2017-03-15 21:10:05 GMT
    University of Louisville Belknap campusUniversity of Louisville Belknap campus

    University of Louisville leaders are looking for the school’s president to be someone skilled in managing a $1 billion enterprise with “transparency;” someone with political savvy and good listening skills, as well as someone with “wisdom and judgment.”

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    University of Louisville leaders are looking for the school’s president to be someone skilled in managing a $1 billion enterprise with “transparency;” someone with political savvy and good listening skills, as well as someone with “wisdom and judgment.”

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  • Attorney: University of Louisville Foundation pay deals tracked separately for 'obfuscation'

    Attorney: University of Louisville Foundation pay deals tracked separately for 'obfuscation'

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 5:44 PM EDT2017-03-14 21:44:51 GMT
    University of Louisville Foundation attorney David Saffer during a September 2016 meeting of the boardUniversity of Louisville Foundation attorney David Saffer during a September 2016 meeting of the board

    The longtime attorney for the University of Louisville Foundation told board members Tuesday that the foundation had separate accounting to intentionally conceal a program under which it has paid over $20 million in extra compensation university administrators. “If you want my honest opinion, I believe it was done for obfuscation purposes, clearly,” attorney David Saffer told the foundation board.

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    The longtime attorney for the University of Louisville Foundation told board members Tuesday that the foundation had separate accounting to intentionally conceal a program under which it has paid over $20 million in extra compensation university administrators. “If you want my honest opinion, I believe it was done for obfuscation purposes, clearly,” attorney David Saffer told the foundation board.

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  • Griff's sports bar planned for downtown Louisville

    Griff's sports bar planned for downtown Louisville

    Monday, March 13 2017 4:39 PM EDT2017-03-13 20:39:21 GMT
    A rendering of the planned Griff's sports bar at 2nd and Liberty streets in downtown Louisville.A rendering of the planned Griff's sports bar at 2nd and Liberty streets in downtown Louisville.

    A second Griff’s sports bar – named for former Louisville basketball star Darrell Griffith – is in the cards for a vacant former nightclub building downtown. Legendary Brands Downtown, the company behind the project, plans to spend $125,000 to renovate the the former O’Malley’s Corner building at South Second and West Liberty streets.

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    A second Griff’s sports bar – named for former Louisville basketball star Darrell Griffith – is in the cards for a vacant former nightclub building downtown. Legendary Brands Downtown, the company behind the project, plans to spend $125,000 to renovate the the former O’Malley’s Corner building at South Second and West Liberty streets.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | After collapse of Walmart deal, developers face debts to bank and taxpayers

    SUNDAY EDITION | After collapse of Walmart deal, developers face debts to bank and taxpayers

    Sunday, March 12 2017 3:34 PM EDT2017-03-12 19:34:48 GMT
    A guard shack remains from the Philip Morris plant. The other buildings on the site at 18th Street and Broadway were demolished in 2008.A guard shack remains from the Philip Morris plant. The other buildings on the site at 18th Street and Broadway were demolished in 2008.

    After Walmart abandoned its plan to build a store in west Louisville last year, the owners of the site may lose it in foreclosure. Meanwhile, they owe Metro government $1.1 million, and city officials aren't sure what happened to most of the money.

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    After Walmart abandoned its plan to build a store in west Louisville last year, the owners of the site may lose it in foreclosure. Meanwhile, they owe Metro government $1.1 million, and city officials aren't sure what happened to most of the money.

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  • Humana CEO's $19.7 million pay nearly double from previous year

    Humana CEO's $19.7 million pay nearly double from previous year

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 12:21 PM EST2017-03-08 17:21:40 GMT
    Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo)Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo)

    Humana CEO Bruce Broussard’s total compensation nearly doubled last year to $19.7 million, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing Wednesday. Broussard’s haul came during a year in which the Louisville-based company’s planned sale to competitor Aetna began to fall apart amid antitrust concerns.

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    Humana CEO Bruce Broussard’s total compensation nearly doubled last year to $19.7 million, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing Wednesday. Broussard’s haul came during a year in which the Louisville-based company’s planned sale to competitor Aetna began to fall apart amid antitrust concerns.

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  • Bank files foreclosure on site of once-planned west Louisville Walmart

    Bank files foreclosure on site of once-planned west Louisville Walmart

    Friday, March 3 2017 5:26 PM EST2017-03-03 22:26:19 GMT
    1800 W Broadway1800 W Broadway

    The developers who had hoped to bring a Walmart Supercenter to west Louisville now risk losing the site to foreclosure. Teresa and Frank Bridgewaters, the co-owners of Newbridge Development, failed to make interest-only payments on a $1.7 million line of credit with Greensburg, Ind.-based MainSource Bank, according to a lawsuit filed Feb. 8 in Jefferson Circuit Court. 

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    The developers who had hoped to bring a Walmart Supercenter to west Louisville now risk losing the site to foreclosure. Teresa and Frank Bridgewaters, the co-owners of Newbridge Development, failed to make interest-only payments on a $1.7 million line of credit with Greensburg, Ind.-based MainSource Bank, according to a lawsuit filed Feb. 8 in Jefferson Circuit Court. 

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  • University of Louisville cuts president's office staff, administrative posts

    University of Louisville cuts president's office staff, administrative posts

    Thursday, March 2 2017 2:06 PM EST2017-03-02 19:06:56 GMT
    Dr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of LouisvilleDr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville

    Seven staff members in the University of Louisville president’s office were told they’d be laid off on Tuesday – one of a number of ways the university is trimming expenses as it expects to face a $48 million shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1. 

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    Seven staff members in the University of Louisville president’s office were told they’d be laid off on Tuesday – one of a number of ways the university is trimming expenses as it expects to face a $48 million shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1. 

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  • Humana cuts unspecified number of jobs in 'realignment'

    Humana cuts unspecified number of jobs in 'realignment'

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 4:45 PM EST2017-03-01 21:45:57 GMT

    Weeks after its proposed $37 billion sale to Aetna fell through, Humana Inc. is cutting an unspecified number of jobs. 

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    Weeks after its proposed $37 billion sale to Aetna fell through, Humana Inc. is cutting an unspecified number of jobs. 

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | For JCPS, 'neighborhood schools' bill would force big changes, unforeseen consequences

    SUNDAY EDITION | For JCPS, 'neighborhood schools' bill would force big changes, unforeseen consequences

    Monday, February 27 2017 10:48 AM EST2017-02-27 15:48:35 GMT
    Students take a test during a math class at Atherton High School on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)Students take a test during a math class at Atherton High School on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)

    Under the bill, some JCPS schools would be swamped with kids based on proximity, while others – even in highly developed areas – might be candidates for closure or wholesale reinvention because they would have a tiny number of kids to place, according to a district analysis. 

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    Under the bill, some JCPS schools would be swamped with kids based on proximity, while others – even in highly developed areas – might be candidates for closure or wholesale reinvention because they would have a tiny number of kids to place, according to a district analysis. 

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  • Humana executives cash out $74 million in company stock

    Humana executives cash out $74 million in company stock

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 3:49 PM EST2017-02-22 20:49:09 GMT

    A week after Humana abandoned its plan to be acquired by a rival company, ten top executives and one director of the Louisville-based company cashed out nearly $74 million in Humana stock, according to reports filed Tuesday and Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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    A week after Humana abandoned its plan to be acquired by a rival company, ten top executives and one director of the Louisville-based company cashed out nearly $74 million in Humana stock, according to reports filed Tuesday and Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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  • Gov. Matt Bevin pays overdue tax bill on Louisville home

    Gov. Matt Bevin pays overdue tax bill on Louisville home

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 10:39 AM EST2017-02-22 15:39:33 GMT
    Gov. Matt Bevin at a Feb. 14, 2017 press conferenceGov. Matt Bevin at a Feb. 14, 2017 press conference

    Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife, Glenna, paid the property taxes on their $700,000 Louisville home less than two weeks following a WDRB report that the $9,157.05 bill was more than a month overdue.

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    Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife, Glenna, paid the property taxes on their $700,000 Louisville home less than two weeks following a WDRB report that the $9,157.05 bill was more than a month overdue.

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  • U of L Foundation racks up over $20 million in extra pay for administrators

    U of L Foundation racks up over $20 million in extra pay for administrators

    Friday, February 17 2017 4:52 PM EST2017-02-17 21:52:49 GMT
    Former U of L President James RamseyFormer U of L President James Ramsey

    Last August, one month before he resigned as president of the University of Louisville Foundation, James Ramsey filled out a one-page form, and the foundation cut him a check for $3,546,056. 

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    Last August, one month before he resigned as president of the University of Louisville Foundation, James Ramsey filled out a one-page form, and the foundation cut him a check for $3,546,056. 

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  • AT&T brings fiber Internet service to New Albany, Jeffersonville

    AT&T brings fiber Internet service to New Albany, Jeffersonville

    Friday, February 17 2017 11:49 AM EST2017-02-17 16:49:13 GMT
    An AT&T worker installs fiber-optic cable off Goldsmith Lane in Louisville, Oct. 18, 2016.An AT&T worker installs fiber-optic cable off Goldsmith Lane in Louisville, Oct. 18, 2016.

    AT&T Fiber, the ultra-fast Internet service, is now available to many homes and apartments in New Albany and Jeffersonville, Indiana, the company said Friday. AT&T rolled out its 1-gigabit-per-second service, which is delivered using fiber-optic cables, to parts of Louisville last year. 

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    AT&T Fiber, the ultra-fast Internet service, is now available to many homes and apartments in New Albany and Jeffersonville, Indiana, the company said Friday. AT&T rolled out its 1-gigabit-per-second service, which is delivered using fiber-optic cables, to parts of Louisville last year. 

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  • Using foundation, Ramsey quietly gave Jurich extra $6 million incentive pay

    Using foundation, Ramsey quietly gave Jurich extra $6 million incentive pay

    Thursday, February 16 2017 5:19 PM EST2017-02-16 22:19:55 GMT
    Former U of L President James Ramsey, right, and athletics director Tom Jurich in February 2016 (AP photo).Former U of L President James Ramsey, right, and athletics director Tom Jurich in February 2016 (AP photo).

    If University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich stays on the job another ten years, the university’s athletics association will owe him an additional $6 million – and likely much more – thanks to a benefit that former U of L President James Ramsey quietly gave Jurich in 2014 without the approval of the university athletics or foundation boards.

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    If University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich stays on the job another ten years, the university’s athletics association will owe him an additional $6 million – and likely much more – thanks to a benefit that former U of L President James Ramsey quietly gave Jurich in 2014 without the approval of the university athletics or foundation boards.

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  • Humana, Aetna call off merger in wake of judge's order

    Humana, Aetna call off merger in wake of judge's order

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 5:43 PM EST2017-02-14 22:43:40 GMT

    Humana and Aetna abandoned their $37 billion merger on Tuesday, ending a 19-month effort to combine the companies

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    Humana and Aetna abandoned their $37 billion merger on Tuesday, ending a 19-month effort to combine the companies.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Louisville takes lenient approach to enforcing new Airbnb rules

    SUNDAY EDITION | Louisville takes lenient approach to enforcing new Airbnb rules

    Sunday, February 12 2017 10:08 PM EST2017-02-13 03:08:56 GMT
    Jonathan Bevan rents the carriage house behind his home in Old Louisville on Airbnb.com.Jonathan Bevan rents the carriage house behind his home in Old Louisville on Airbnb.com.

    Renting your place out for the Kentucky Derby? Louisville officials are taking a lenient approach to enforcing the city's new rules for Airbnb and other short-term rentals. Here's what you need to know.

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    Renting your place out for the Kentucky Derby? Louisville officials are taking a lenient approach to enforcing the city's new rules for Airbnb and other short-term rentals. Here's what you need to know.

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  • Mayor Greg Fischer pays property tax bill 5 weeks late

    Mayor Greg Fischer pays property tax bill 5 weeks late

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 5:02 PM EST2017-02-08 22:02:31 GMT
    Louisville Mayor Greg FischerLouisville Mayor Greg Fischer

    Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer paid the property taxes on his $1.6 million home in the Highlands five weeks late on Wednesday after WDRB alerted his office to the overdue bill. "This was an oversight and the mayor paid the bill today after it was brought to his attention," Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Fischer, said.

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    Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer paid the property taxes on his $1.6 million home in the Highlands five weeks late on Wednesday after WDRB alerted his office to the overdue bill. "This was an oversight and the mayor paid the bill today after it was brought to his attention," Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Fischer, said.

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  • Records: Gov. Matt Bevin failed to pay 2016 taxes on Louisville home

    Records: Gov. Matt Bevin failed to pay 2016 taxes on Louisville home

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 2:02 PM EST2017-02-08 19:02:16 GMT
    Kentucky Gov. Matt BevinKentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

    Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife Glenna failed to pay the 2016 property taxes on their $700,000 house in the Cherokee Gardens neighborhood of Louisville, according to records from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The $9,157.05 bill was due Dec. 31 and remains unpaid as of Wednesday.

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    Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife Glenna failed to pay the 2016 property taxes on their $700,000 house in the Cherokee Gardens neighborhood of Louisville, according to records from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The $9,157.05 bill was due Dec. 31 and remains unpaid as of Wednesday.

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  • Six newcomers to fill seats on University of Louisville Foundation board

    Six newcomers to fill seats on University of Louisville Foundation board

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 3:59 PM EST2017-02-07 20:59:49 GMT
    University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David GrissomUniversity of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom

    Six Louisville-area business people and financial professionals are set to join the board of directors of the University of Louisville Foundation as the organization continues efforts to clean up its finances and operations.

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    Six Louisville-area business people and financial professionals are set to join the board of directors of the University of Louisville Foundation as the organization continues efforts to clean up its finances and operations.

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  • University of Louisville faces new accreditation problems related to nonprofit foundation

    University of Louisville faces new accreditation problems related to nonprofit foundation

    Friday, February 3 2017 11:43 AM EST2017-02-03 16:43:11 GMT
    University of Louisville Belknap CampusUniversity of Louisville Belknap Campus

    Already on probation with its accrediting agency, the University of Louisville now faces additional accreditation problems related to financial issues associated with its nonprofit foundation. 

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    Already on probation with its accrediting agency, the University of Louisville now faces additional accreditation problems related to financial issues associated with its nonprofit foundation. 

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  • Four longtime University of Louisville Foundation board members resign

    Four longtime University of Louisville Foundation board members resign

    Thursday, February 2 2017 5:01 PM EST2017-02-02 22:01:34 GMT
    Margaret Handmaker, left, was among the directors who resigned from the U of L Foundation board. She is shown here with former foundation director Junior Bridgeman at a meeting July 10, 2015. (image from foundation video)Margaret Handmaker, left, was among the directors who resigned from the U of L Foundation board. She is shown here with former foundation director Junior Bridgeman at a meeting July 10, 2015. (image from foundation video)

    Four longtime board members of the University of Louisville Foundation resigned in recent days, the latest sign that the nonprofit organization is headed in a different direction after former president James Ramsey left last year. 

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    Four longtime board members of the University of Louisville Foundation resigned in recent days, the latest sign that the nonprofit organization is headed in a different direction after former president James Ramsey left last year. 

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  • Jefferson Community & Technical College gets $15 million from state for downtown manufacturing/IT building

    Jefferson Community & Technical College gets $15 million from state for downtown manufacturing/IT building

    Thursday, February 2 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-02-02 18:40:26 GMT
    A rendering shows the proposed advanced manufacturing and IT center at Jefferson Community and Technical College.A rendering shows the proposed advanced manufacturing and IT center at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

    Jefferson Community & Technical College will get $15.2 million in state funding for a planned downtown classroom building for the college’s advanced manufacturing and information technology programs. JCTC received the biggest single award so far from Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative, a program created by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration.

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    Jefferson Community & Technical College will get $15.2 million in state funding for a planned downtown classroom building for the college’s advanced manufacturing and information technology programs. JCTC received the biggest single award so far from Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative, a program created by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration.

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  • Amazon will build $1.5 billion air hub in Northern Kentucky

    Amazon will build $1.5 billion air hub in Northern Kentucky

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 4:39 PM EST2017-01-31 21:39:57 GMT

    Online retail giant Amazon is considering building a $1.5 billion hub for its budding Prime Air shipping service at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky. On Tuesday, Kentucky officials approved an offer of $40 million in state and local economic development incentives to entice Amazon to go through with the project.

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    Online retail giant Amazon is considering building a $1.5 billion hub for its budding Prime Air shipping service at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky. On Tuesday, Kentucky officials approved an offer of $40 million in state and local economic development incentives to entice Amazon to go through with the project.

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  • Aetna still weighing options to save Humana deal

    Aetna still weighing options to save Humana deal

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 10:03 AM EST2017-01-31 15:03:37 GMT

    Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told stock analysts on a conference call Tuesday that the company will decide whether to appeal a judge’s ruling blocking the transaction before Feb. 15, the current deadline for the merger. 

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    Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told stock analysts on a conference call Tuesday that the company will decide whether to appeal a judge’s ruling blocking the transaction before Feb. 15, the current deadline for the merger. 

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  • Kentucky investors rush to snap up state's 'angel' tax credits

    Kentucky investors rush to snap up state's 'angel' tax credits

    Thursday, January 26 2017 4:33 PM EST2017-01-26 21:33:38 GMT
    Kentucky's angel investor credit (By Mike Petrig, WDRB)Kentucky's angel investor credit (By Mike Petrig, WDRB)

    Well-heeled Kentucky investors have snapped up nearly all of the state’s “angel investor” tax credits for 2017, and most of the start-up companies receiving funding are in the Louisville area. 

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    Well-heeled Kentucky investors have snapped up nearly all of the state’s “angel investor” tax credits for 2017, and most of the start-up companies receiving funding are in the Louisville area. 

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  • Debt collection agency to open office in Louisville, create up to 433 jobs

    Debt collection agency to open office in Louisville, create up to 433 jobs

    Thursday, January 26 2017 12:55 PM EST2017-01-26 17:55:04 GMT
    DCI's websiteDCI's website

    Diversified Consultants Inc., a debt collection agency based in Jacksonville, Florida, will open an office in Louisville around April that could eventually employ 433 people.

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    Diversified Consultants Inc., a debt collection agency based in Jacksonville, Florida, will open an office in Louisville around April that could eventually employ 433 people.

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  • Thousands of Ford workers in Louisville to get $9,000 profit-sharing check

    Thousands of Ford workers in Louisville to get $9,000 profit-sharing check

    Thursday, January 26 2017 11:34 AM EST2017-01-26 16:34:17 GMT
    Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in 2015Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in 2015

    More than 12,000 hourly Ford workers in Louisville will get profit-sharing checks averaging $9,000 based on the automaker’s 2016 results. It’s the second-largest bonus for Ford’s hourly workers behind last year’s average $9,300 in profit sharing. 

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    More than 12,000 hourly Ford workers in Louisville will get profit-sharing checks averaging $9,000 based on the automaker’s 2016 results. It’s the second-largest bonus for Ford’s hourly workers behind last year’s average $9,300 in profit sharing. 

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  • Medley named chairwoman of University of Louisville Foundation; Schnatter questions real estate investments

    Medley named chairwoman of University of Louisville Foundation; Schnatter questions real estate investments

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 4:58 PM EST2017-01-24 21:58:56 GMT
    University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David GrissomUniversity of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley, left, and U of L board of trustees Chairman J. David Grissom

    Diane Medley, the managing partner of Louisville accounting firm MCM LLP, was elected chairwoman pro-tem of the University of Louisville Foundation on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Papa John's CEO John Schnatter questioned the organization's investments in real estate.

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    Diane Medley, the managing partner of Louisville accounting firm MCM LLP, was elected chairwoman pro-tem of the University of Louisville Foundation on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Papa John's CEO John Schnatter questioned the organization's investments in real estate.

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  • Assumption High School to demolish former American Legion Post on Bardstown Road

    Assumption High School to demolish former American Legion Post on Bardstown Road

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 1:47 PM EST2017-01-24 18:47:37 GMT

    Assumption High School plans to demolish the 98-year-old log cabin that used to house an American Legion Highlands Post 201, at 2919 Bardstown Road. Assumption, whose campus is across the street at 2170 Tyler Lane, bought the American Legion property for just shy of $1.7 million in October. 

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    Assumption High School plans to demolish the 98-year-old log cabin that used to house an American Legion Highlands Post 201, at 2919 Bardstown Road. Assumption, whose campus is across the street at 2170 Tyler Lane, bought the American Legion property for just shy of $1.7 million in October. 

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  • Judge blocks Humana-Aetna merger

    Judge blocks Humana-Aetna merger

    Monday, January 23 2017 3:00 PM EST2017-01-23 20:00:15 GMT

    A federal judge has blocked Aetna's proposed $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana, calling the merger anti-competitive. 

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    A federal judge has blocked Aetna's proposed $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana, calling the merger anti-competitive. 

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Kentucky unions begin new era under right-to-work law

    SUNDAY EDITION | Kentucky unions begin new era under right-to-work law

    Monday, January 23 2017 12:10 PM EST2017-01-23 17:10:14 GMT

    WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts looks at the impact Kentucky's new right-to-work law may have on unions.

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    WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts looks at the impact Kentucky's new right-to-work law may have on unions.

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  • Gregory Postel named interim president of University of Louisville

    Gregory Postel named interim president of University of Louisville

    Saturday, January 21 2017 1:48 PM EST2017-01-21 18:48:57 GMT
    Dr. Gregory PostelDr. Gregory Postel

    The newly appointed board of trustees also wasted no time getting other business, including the university's troubled foundation.

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    The newly appointed board of trustees also wasted no time getting other business, including the university's troubled foundation.

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  • University of Louisville president "confident" accrediting agency will lift probation

    University of Louisville president "confident" accrediting agency will lift probation

    Thursday, January 19 2017 3:37 PM EST2017-01-19 20:37:26 GMT
    University of Louisville Acting President Neville PintoUniversity of Louisville Acting President Neville Pinto

    University of Louisville Acting President Neville Pinto is "confident" that the university's accrediting agency will take the school off probation later this year. Speaking to reporters Thursday at a meeting of the U of L Athletics Association, Pinto said a bill sponsored by Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers related to university boards appears "well aligned with the expectations" of the accrediting group.

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    University of Louisville Acting President Neville Pinto is "confident" that the university's accrediting agency will take the school off probation later this year. Speaking to reporters Thursday at a meeting of the U of L Athletics Association, Pinto said a bill sponsored by Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers related to university boards appears "well aligned with the expectations" of the accrediting group.

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  • Bevin names 10 to re-worked University of Louisville board of trustees

    Bevin names 10 to re-worked University of Louisville board of trustees

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 3:39 PM EST2017-01-17 20:39:24 GMT

    Gov. Matt Bevin named ten appointees Tuesday to serve on the reconstituted University of Louisville board of trustees. With one exception, the appointees are the same people Bevin attempted to install last summer by using executive power to abolish the board and create a new one – a move that was later blocked by a Circuit Court judge.

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    Gov. Matt Bevin named ten appointees Tuesday to serve on the reconstituted University of Louisville board of trustees. With one exception, the appointees are the same people Bevin attempted to install last summer by using executive power to abolish the board and create a new one – a move that was later blocked by a Circuit Court judge.

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  • Louisville-area home sales rose 8 percent in 2016, agents' group says

    Louisville-area home sales rose 8 percent in 2016, agents' group says

    Monday, January 16 2017 3:32 PM EST2017-01-16 20:32:31 GMT

    Louisville-area home sales were up 8 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, while the median home sales price rose 5 percent to $163,600, according to the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors. 

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    Louisville-area home sales were up 8 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, while the median home sales price rose 5 percent to $163,600, according to the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors. 

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  • GE Appliances workers vote to ratify 4-year labor contract

    GE Appliances workers vote to ratify 4-year labor contract

    Friday, January 13 2017 9:06 PM EST2017-01-14 02:06:26 GMT
    GE Appliance Park Zoneline production lineGE Appliance Park Zoneline production line

    About 3,800 hourly workers at Louisville’s Appliance Park voted Friday to accept a new four-year labor contract with GE Appliances.

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    About 3,800 hourly workers at Louisville’s Appliance Park voted Friday to accept a new four-year labor contract with GE Appliances.

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  • Records: Former Senate President David Williams didn't boost pension with judgeship

    Records: Former Senate President David Williams didn't boost pension with judgeship

    Friday, January 13 2017 3:12 PM EST2017-01-13 20:12:43 GMT
    Circuit Court Judge David Williams, former president of the Kentucky SenateCircuit Court Judge David Williams, former president of the Kentucky Senate

    In 2012, former Gov. Steve Beshear persuaded his longtime political nemesis David Williams to leave the state legislature by appointing Williams to a vacant judgeship in his hometown of Burkesville. But records released Friday show Williams didn't use the judicial post to goose his state pension.

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    In 2012, former Gov. Steve Beshear persuaded his longtime political nemesis David Williams to leave the state legislature by appointing Williams to a vacant judgeship in his hometown of Burkesville. But records released Friday show Williams didn't use the judicial post to goose his state pension.

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  • SACS blames Bevin for University of Louisville probation, silent on legislative fixes

    SACS blames Bevin for University of Louisville probation, silent on legislative fixes

    Thursday, January 12 2017 2:29 PM EST2017-01-12 19:29:34 GMT
    Ky. Gov Matt BevinKy. Gov Matt Bevin

    The University of Louisville’s accreditation was placed on probationary status last month solely because of Gov. Matt Bevin’s actions last summer to abolish the school’s board of trustees while negotiating the exit of former university president James Ramsey, according to a letter from the university’s accrediting agency. But there are still questions about how SACS will view the legislature's fixes.

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    The University of Louisville’s accreditation was placed on probationary status last month solely because of Gov. Matt Bevin’s actions last summer to abolish the school’s board of trustees while negotiating the exit of former university president James Ramsey, according to a letter from the university’s accrediting agency. But there are still questions about how SACS will view the legislature's fixes.

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  • Report: Beshear officials solicited political contributions from state employees

    Report: Beshear officials solicited political contributions from state employees

    Wednesday, January 11 2017 4:53 PM EST2017-01-11 21:53:33 GMT
    Former Kentucky Gov. Steve BeshearFormer Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

    Officials in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear routinely broke the law by soliciting political contributions from state employees, according to a report commissioned by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. The report relies entirely on unnamed sources.

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    Officials in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear routinely broke the law by soliciting political contributions from state employees, according to a report commissioned by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. The report relies entirely on unnamed sources.

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  • GE Appliances workers to vote on labor contract Friday

    GE Appliances workers to vote on labor contract Friday

    Wednesday, January 11 2017 4:32 PM EST2017-01-11 21:32:57 GMT
    Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.

    About 3,800 rank-and-file workers at Louisville's Appliance Park will vote on Friday whether to ratify a proposed labor contract with GE Appliances. Dana Crittendon, president of the union representing the workers, said Monday that he wanted to push the vote off until next week so members could have more time to understand the proposal. But company officials wanted a vote this week. 

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    About 3,800 rank-and-file workers at Louisville's Appliance Park will vote on Friday whether to ratify a proposed labor contract with GE Appliances. Dana Crittendon, president of the union representing the workers, said Monday that he wanted to push the vote off until next week so members could have more time to understand the proposal. But company officials wanted a vote this week. 

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  • Bevin administration to pull workers from 31 Ky. employment offices

    Bevin administration to pull workers from 31 Ky. employment offices

    Wednesday, January 11 2017 11:24 AM EST2017-01-11 16:24:56 GMT
    State employment office in downtown LouisvilleState employment office in downtown Louisville

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration plans to reduce the number of state offices that can handle unemployment insurance claims from 51 to 20 in a reorganization that will take effect Feb. 15. The plan, announced within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet on Tuesday, will consolidate Kentucky Office of Employment and Training employees into 12 regional hubs and eight other satellite offices. 

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    Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration plans to reduce the number of state offices that can handle unemployment insurance claims from 51 to 20 in a reorganization that will take effect Feb. 15. The plan, announced within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet on Tuesday, will consolidate Kentucky Office of Employment and Training employees into 12 regional hubs and eight other satellite offices. 

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  • GE Appliances, union reach tentative deal on labor contract

    GE Appliances, union reach tentative deal on labor contract

    Monday, January 9 2017 4:55 PM EST2017-01-09 21:55:37 GMT
    GE Appliance Park Zoneline production line, January 2016GE Appliance Park Zoneline production line, January 2016

    GE Appliances and the union representing about 3,800 rank-and-file workers at Appliance Park have reached a revised deal on a new labor contract, union president Dana Crittendon said Monday. The deal comes after members of the IUE-CWA Local 761 voted overwhelmingly in November to reject an earlier proposal.

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    GE Appliances and the union representing about 3,800 rank-and-file workers at Appliance Park have reached a revised deal on a new labor contract, union president Dana Crittendon said Monday. The deal comes after members of the IUE-CWA Local 761 voted overwhelmingly in November to reject an earlier proposal.

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  • University of Louisville board overhaul continues on legislative fast track

    University of Louisville board overhaul continues on legislative fast track

    Saturday, January 7 2017 7:42 AM EST2017-01-07 12:42:22 GMT
    Susan Jarosi of the University of LouisvilleSusan Jarosi of the University of Louisville

    A bill that would remake the University of Louisville board of trustees continued on its fast track through the state legislature Friday.

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    A bill that would remake the University of Louisville board of trustees continued on its fast track through the state legislature Friday.

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  • Ky. Senate approves bill to abolish University of Louisville board of trustees

    Ky. Senate approves bill to abolish University of Louisville board of trustees

    Friday, January 6 2017 9:03 AM EST2017-01-06 14:03:52 GMT
    University of Louisville Board of Trustees, Aug. 25, 2016University of Louisville Board of Trustees, Aug. 25, 2016

    The Republican-led state Senate approved a bill Thursday to abolish and replace the University of Louisville board of trustees, over the objections of Democrats who said there’s no assurance the measure would straighten out the university’s problems with its accrediting agency.

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    The Republican-led state Senate approved a bill Thursday to abolish and replace the University of Louisville board of trustees, over the objections of Democrats who said there’s no assurance the measure would straighten out the university’s problems with its accrediting agency.

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  • Ky. lawmakers delay approval of Bevin's University of Louisville overhaul

    Ky. lawmakers delay approval of Bevin's University of Louisville overhaul

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 4:25 PM EST2017-01-04 21:25:56 GMT
    University of LouisvilleUniversity of Louisville

    State lawmakers delayed action Wednesday on a bill approving Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and replace it with a new, smaller set of members. The House’s state government committee had planned to take up House Bill 10, but committee chairman Jerry Miller of Louisville said the bill was not ready.

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    State lawmakers delayed action Wednesday on a bill approving Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and replace it with a new, smaller set of members. The House’s state government committee had planned to take up House Bill 10, but committee chairman Jerry Miller of Louisville said the bill was not ready.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Bevin administration looks to revive apprenticeships in Kentucky

    SUNDAY EDITION | Bevin administration looks to revive apprenticeships in Kentucky

    Sunday, January 1 2017 6:00 AM EST2017-01-01 11:00:11 GMT

    To ease a shortage of skilled workers in Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is trying to revive a classic model for job training: apprenticeships.

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    To ease a shortage of skilled workers in Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is trying to revive a classic model for job training: apprenticeships.

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  • Bevin: University of Louisville accreditation risk is a 'canard'

    Bevin: University of Louisville accreditation risk is a 'canard'

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 11:18 AM EST2016-12-21 16:18:36 GMT

    Gov. Matt Bevin has asked the Kentucky Supreme Court not to immediately take up his appeal in the University of Louisville Board of Trustees case, arguing that the case will be “moot” early next year when he asks the state legislature to approve his proposed changes to the board. 

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    Gov. Matt Bevin has asked the Kentucky Supreme Court not to immediately take up his appeal in the University of Louisville Board of Trustees case, arguing that the case will be “moot” early next year when he asks the state legislature to approve his proposed changes to the board. 

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  • JCTC manufacturing building among finalists for state funding

    JCTC manufacturing building among finalists for state funding

    Friday, December 16 2016 4:20 PM EST2016-12-16 21:20:28 GMT
    A rendering shows the proposed advanced manufacturing and IT center at Jefferson Community and Technical College.A rendering shows the proposed advanced manufacturing and IT center at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

    Jefferson Community and Technical College is still in the running for state funding to help build a $33 million Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology Center on land the college owns at First and College streets near its downtown campus. The JCTC building is among 24 construction projects proposed by K-12 school districts and community colleges across the state – all vying for a portion of $100 million in state money.

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    Jefferson Community and Technical College is still in the running for state funding to help build a $33 million Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology Center on land the college owns at First and College streets near its downtown campus. The JCTC building is among 24 construction projects proposed by K-12 school districts and community colleges across the state – all vying for a portion of $100 million in state money.

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  • Louisville leaders unveil plan to attract more international immigrants to city

    Louisville leaders unveil plan to attract more international immigrants to city

    Friday, December 16 2016 2:49 PM EST2016-12-16 19:49:02 GMT
    Greater Louisville Inc. President Kent Oyler, center, helped unveil the Global Action Plan on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.Greater Louisville Inc. President Kent Oyler, center, helped unveil the Global Action Plan on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

    The percentage of foreign-born residents in Louisville has more-than tripled since 1990, and local leaders say they want to continue attracting international immigrants over the next decade to boost the city’s economy. On Friday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Greater Louisville Inc. President Kent Oyler unveiled a “Global Action Plan” aimed at welcoming even more foreign-born residents.

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    The percentage of foreign-born residents in Louisville has more-than tripled since 1990, and local leaders say they want to continue attracting international immigrants over the next decade to boost the city’s economy. On Friday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Greater Louisville Inc. President Kent Oyler unveiled a “Global Action Plan” aimed at welcoming even more foreign-born residents.

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  • KentuckyOne Health gives up University Hospital, Cancer Center in settlement with University of Louisville

    KentuckyOne Health gives up University Hospital, Cancer Center in settlement with University of Louisville

    Tuesday, December 13 2016 5:22 PM EST2016-12-13 22:22:36 GMT

    KentuckyOne Health will relinquish control of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Cancer Center, ending what was supposed to be a decades-long arrangement with the University of Louisville after only four years. On July 1, some 3,000 hospital and cancer center workers will once again become employees of University Medical Center.

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    KentuckyOne Health will relinquish control of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Cancer Center, ending what was supposed to be a decades-long arrangement with the University of Louisville after only four years. On July 1, some 3,000 hospital and cancer center workers will once again become employees of University Medical Center.

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  • RiverPark Place apartment tower OK'd for construction

    RiverPark Place apartment tower OK'd for construction

    Thursday, December 8 2016 2:31 PM EST2016-12-08 19:31:21 GMT
    Rendering of seven-story apartment building proposed at RiverPark Place (Waterfront Development Corp.)Rendering of seven-story apartment building proposed at RiverPark Place (Waterfront Development Corp.)

    The next phase of developer Steve Poe’s River Park Place project is one step closer. The Waterfront Development Corp. on Wednesday approved construction of the third apartment building on the riverside land near River Road and Frankfort Avenue.

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    The next phase of developer Steve Poe’s River Park Place project is one step closer. The Waterfront Development Corp. on Wednesday approved construction of the third apartment building on the riverside land near River Road and Frankfort Avenue.

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  • University of Louisville placed on probation with accrediting agency

    University of Louisville placed on probation with accrediting agency

    Dec 06, 2016 05:22 PM2016-12-07 13:03:36 GMT

    The University of Louisville has been placed on probation by its accrediting agency following Gov. Matt Bevin's attempt to reorganize the school's Board of Trustees.

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    The University of Louisville has been placed on probation by its accrediting agency following Gov. Matt Bevin's attempt to reorganize the school's Board of Trustees. 

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  • Humana-Aetna merger trial begins Monday

    Humana-Aetna merger trial begins Monday

    Monday, December 5 2016 3:37 PM EST2016-12-05 20:37:32 GMT

    The trial that will determine whether Aetna gets to buy Louisville-based Humana began Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

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    The trial that will determine whether Aetna gets to buy Louisville-based Humana began Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Under Ramsey, University of Louisville endowment borrowing far exceeded board limit

    SUNDAY EDITION | Under Ramsey, University of Louisville endowment borrowing far exceeded board limit

    Dec 04, 2016 06:00 AM2016-12-05 01:56:41 GMT

    Under the administration of former President James Ramsey, the University of Louisville Foundation borrowed far more than its board of directors authorized from the school’s $715 million endowment to fund real estate purchases, employee salaries and other expenses. WDRB.com reporter Chris Otts investigates.

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    Under the administration of former President James Ramsey, the University of Louisville Foundation borrowed far more than its board of directors authorized from the school’s $715 million endowment to fund real estate purchases, employee salaries and other expenses. WDRB.com reporter Chris Otts investigates.

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  • University of Louisville chief financial officer leaving after two years on job

    University of Louisville chief financial officer leaving after two years on job

    Friday, December 2 2016 9:41 AM EST2016-12-02 14:41:58 GMT
    Harlan Sands (U of L photo)Harlan Sands (U of L photo)

    Harlan Sands, the University of Louisville’s chief financial and operations officer, will leave the university early next year after two years on the job.

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    Harlan Sands, the University of Louisville’s chief financial and operations officer, will leave the university early next year after two years on the job.

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  • Sypris Solutions to sell or close West Broadway plant

    Sypris Solutions to sell or close West Broadway plant

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 5:26 PM EST2016-11-29 22:26:39 GMT
    Sypris Solutions plans to sell or close its factory at 2820 W. Broadway.Sypris Solutions plans to sell or close its factory at 2820 W. Broadway.

    Louisville-based Sypris Solutions plans to sell or close its West Louisville plant that makes commercial vehicle equipment, a move that would affect about 150 workers. Sypris will “exit or dispose of” the factory at 2820 W. Broadway in 2017, according to a filing Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The plant primarily makes heavy axles for commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers and off-highway trucks.

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    Louisville-based Sypris Solutions plans to sell or close its West Louisville plant that makes commercial vehicle equipment, a move that would affect about 150 workers. Sypris will “exit or dispose of” the factory at 2820 W. Broadway in 2017, according to a filing Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The plant primarily makes heavy axles for commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers and off-highway trucks.

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  • University of Louisville Foundation hires Keith Sherman as interim director

    University of Louisville Foundation hires Keith Sherman as interim director

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 4:30 PM EST2016-11-29 21:30:10 GMT
    U of L Foundation Chairwoman Brucie Moore, centerU of L Foundation Chairwoman Brucie Moore, center

    The University of Louisville Foundation has hired Keith M. Sherman, a former high-level executive at Thornton’s, Inc., to be its interim executive director and chief operating officer. The foundation, a nonprofit that manages the university’s roughly $700 million endowment, had been led by former university President James Ramsey for fourteen years until he resigned from the nonprofit in September.

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    The University of Louisville Foundation has hired Keith M. Sherman, a former high-level executive at Thornton’s, Inc., to be its interim executive director and chief operating officer. The foundation, a nonprofit that manages the university’s roughly $700 million endowment, had been led by former university President James Ramsey for fourteen years until he resigned from the nonprofit in September.

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  • Union workers reject 4-year labor contract with GE Appliances

    Union workers reject 4-year labor contract with GE Appliances

    Wednesday, November 23 2016 3:02 PM EST2016-11-23 20:02:43 GMT
    GE Appliance Park workers on a washer line.GE Appliance Park workers on a washer line.

    About 4,000 union workers at GE Appliance Park have voted to reject a four-year labor contract with GE Appliances and its new parent company, Qinqdao Haier of China.

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    About 4,000 union workers at GE Appliance Park have voted to reject a four-year labor contract with GE Appliances and its new parent company, Qinqdao Haier of China.

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  • GE Appliance Park loses "hundreds of millions" of dollars each year, CEO says

    GE Appliance Park loses "hundreds of millions" of dollars each year, CEO says

    Monday, November 21 2016 4:35 PM EST2016-11-21 21:35:34 GMT
    GE Appliances CEO Chip BlankenshipGE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship

    Despite $2 billion in investment in recent years and about 3,000 new jobs, GE Appliances still loses “hundreds of millions” of dollars a year at its flagship factory, Louisville Appliance Park, according to President and CEO Chip Blankenship. In a letter dated Friday, Blankenship implored the park’s employees to approve a four-year labor contract that includes money-saving measures.

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    Despite $2 billion in investment in recent years and about 3,000 new jobs, GE Appliances still loses “hundreds of millions” of dollars a year at its flagship factory, Louisville Appliance Park, according to President and CEO Chip Blankenship. In a letter dated Friday, Blankenship implored the park’s employees to approve a four-year labor contract that includes money-saving measures.

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  • Federal appeals court upholds Hardin County, Ky. right-to-work law

    Federal appeals court upholds Hardin County, Ky. right-to-work law

    Friday, November 18 2016 5:05 PM EST2016-11-18 22:05:33 GMT
    Union workers at Jim Beam's distilleries walked out on the job in October 2016.Union workers at Jim Beam's distilleries walked out on the job in October 2016.

    A federal appeals court has ruled that Hardin County has the power to enforce a so-called “right to work” ordinance prohibiting employers from forcing workers to join or to financially support a union.

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    A federal appeals court has ruled that Hardin County has the power to enforce a so-called “right to work” ordinance prohibiting employers from forcing workers to join or to financially support a union.

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  • Trump takes credit for Ford move to keep Lincoln SUV at Louisville plant

    Trump takes credit for Ford move to keep Lincoln SUV at Louisville plant

    Friday, November 18 2016 2:05 PM EST2016-11-18 19:05:08 GMT

    Trump was evidently referring to the Lincoln MKC small SUV, a niche vehicle made at Louisville Assembly Plant off Fern Valley Road, where Ford also makes the much-better-selling Escape SUVs.

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    Trump was evidently referring to the Lincoln MKC small SUV, a niche vehicle made at Louisville Assembly Plant off Fern Valley Road, where Ford also makes the much-better-selling Escape SUVs.

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  • GE Appliances, union reach tentative deal on labor contract

    GE Appliances, union reach tentative deal on labor contract

    Thursday, November 17 2016 6:17 PM EST2016-11-17 23:17:40 GMT

    GE Appliances and the union representing about 4,000 rank-and-file workers at Louisville Appliance Park have reached a tentative agreement on a multi-year labor contract after more than three months of negotiations. 

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    GE Appliances and the union representing about 4,000 rank-and-file workers at Louisville Appliance Park have reached a tentative agreement on a multi-year labor contract after more than three months of negotiations. 

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  • Old Lynn's Paradise Cafe to become Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in 2017

    Old Lynn's Paradise Cafe to become Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in 2017

    Thursday, November 17 2016 10:21 AM EST2016-11-17 15:21:35 GMT
    The former Lynn's Paradise Cafe on Barret AvenueThe former Lynn's Paradise Cafe on Barret Avenue

    The former Lynn’s Paradise Café building at 984 Barret Avenue is slated to become a Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in the fall of 2017, according to one of the partners in the venture.

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    The former Lynn’s Paradise Café building at 984 Barret Avenue is slated to become a Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in the fall of 2017, according to one of the partners in the venture.

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  • Humana stock climbs following Trump win

    Humana stock climbs following Trump win

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-11-16 11:00:15 GMT

    Last week’s surprise election of Donald Trump to the presidency is good news for Louisville-based Humana Inc. and for Aetna – the Connecticut company that plans to swallow Humana for $37 billion. At least, investors seem to think so. Both health insurers’ stocks are up about 10 percent since the Nov. 8 election. 

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    Last week’s surprise election of Donald Trump to the presidency is good news for Louisville-based Humana Inc. and for Aetna – the Connecticut company that plans to swallow Humana for $37 billion. At least, investors seem to think so. Both health insurers’ stocks are up about 10 percent since the Nov. 8 election. 

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  • Bevin: 'Everything on the table' for Kentucky tax changes after GOP gets control

    Bevin: 'Everything on the table' for Kentucky tax changes after GOP gets control

    Wednesday, November 9 2016 6:26 PM EST2016-11-09 23:26:05 GMT
    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Nov. 9, 2016Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Nov. 9, 2016

    A day after voters put Republicans in complete control of state government, Gov. Matt Bevin said he wants big changes to Kentucky’s tax code – but he cautioned against implementing those changes too fast. 

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    A day after voters put Republicans in complete control of state government, Gov. Matt Bevin said he wants big changes to Kentucky’s tax code – but he cautioned against implementing those changes too fast. 

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  • JCPS teachers union, PAC spend nearly $300,000 to help re-elect Brady to school board

    JCPS teachers union, PAC spend nearly $300,000 to help re-elect Brady to school board

    Monday, November 7 2016 3:12 PM EST2016-11-07 20:12:33 GMT
    Chris BradyChris Brady

    The JCPS teachers union and its political action committee have spent at least $291,005 to help Chris Brady keep his seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to newly available election finance records. The support includes radio and Internet ads, billboards, mailers and yard signs, according to independent expenditure reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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    The JCPS teachers union and its political action committee have spent at least $291,005 to help Chris Brady keep his seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to newly available election finance records. The support includes radio and Internet ads, billboards, mailers and yard signs, according to independent expenditure reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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  • GE Appliances, union continue contract talks

    GE Appliances, union continue contract talks

    Monday, November 7 2016 9:40 AM EST2016-11-07 14:40:17 GMT
    Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.

    GE Appliances and the union representing about 4,000 hourly workers at Louisville Appliance Park continue to negotiate a new labor contract. A temporary agreement that had been set to expire Sunday was extended for the second time, representatives of both sides said Monday.

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    GE Appliances and the union representing about 4,000 hourly workers at Louisville Appliance Park continue to negotiate a new labor contract. A temporary agreement that had been set to expire Sunday was extended for the second time, representatives of both sides said Monday.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Election Special: Why a Clinton won’t carry Kentucky for third time

    SUNDAY EDITION | Election Special: Why a Clinton won’t carry Kentucky for third time

    Sunday, November 6 2016 11:55 AM EST2016-11-06 16:55:38 GMT

    Political experts say the state’s solid-red status for presidential and most Congressional elections has to with a growing chasm between the national Democratic Party and more culturally conservative Kentucky Democrats on flashpoint social issues like abortion, gay marriage and gun rights.

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    Political experts say the state’s solid-red status for presidential and most Congressional elections has to with a growing chasm between the national Democratic Party and more culturally conservative Kentucky Democrats on flashpoint social issues like abortion, gay marriage and gun rights.

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  • JCPS school board challenger gets big boost from independent group

    JCPS school board challenger gets big boost from independent group

    Thursday, November 3 2016 4:58 PM EDT2016-11-03 20:58:20 GMT
    TV ad for Fritz Hollenbach paid for Bluegrass FundTV ad for Fritz Hollenbach paid for Bluegrass Fund

    A first-time candidate for the Jefferson County school board is getting what his opponent calls an “obscene” amount of advertising support from an independent organization funded by prominent Louisville business people.

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    A first-time candidate for the Jefferson County school board is getting what his opponent calls an “obscene” amount of advertising support from an independent organization funded by prominent Louisville business people.

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  • GE Appliances, union enter 11th week of contract talks

    GE Appliances, union enter 11th week of contract talks

    Tuesday, November 1 2016 11:54 AM EDT2016-11-01 15:54:54 GMT
    Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.

    GE Appliances and the union representing about 4,000 rank-and-file workers at Louisville Appliance Park have extended a short-term agreement through Sunday as they continue to negotiate a new labor contract. 

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    GE Appliances and the union representing about 4,000 rank-and-file workers at Louisville Appliance Park have extended a short-term agreement through Sunday as they continue to negotiate a new labor contract. 

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  • Seven Counties Services completes merger with Tennessee-based Centerstone

    Seven Counties Services completes merger with Tennessee-based Centerstone

    Monday, October 31 2016 2:06 PM EDT2016-10-31 18:06:07 GMT

    Seven Counties Services Inc., the Louisville's area largest behavioral health provider, has finalized a merger with a larger nonprofit, Tennessee-based Centerstone. The combined organization will serve 150,000 people in five states. Starting Tuesday, Seven Counties will change its name to Centerstone Kentucky.

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    Seven Counties Services Inc., the Louisville's area largest behavioral health provider, has finalized a merger with a larger nonprofit, Tennessee-based Centerstone. The combined organization will serve 150,000 people in five states. Starting Tuesday, Seven Counties will change its name to Centerstone Kentucky.

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  • Federal Communications Commission defends Louisville's 'Google Fiber' utility pole law

    Federal Communications Commission defends Louisville's 'Google Fiber' utility pole law

    Monday, October 31 2016 1:51 PM EDT2016-10-31 17:51:12 GMT
    An AT&T worker installs fiber-optic cable off Goldsmith Lane in Louisville, Oct. 18, 2016.An AT&T worker installs fiber-optic cable off Goldsmith Lane in Louisville, Oct. 18, 2016.

    The Federal Communications Commission has sided with Louisville Metro government in the city's court fight against AT&T over an ordinance that seeks to make it easier for new broadband providers like Google Fiber to access utility poles.

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    The Federal Communications Commission has sided with Louisville Metro government in the city's court fight against AT&T over an ordinance that seeks to make it easier for new broadband providers like Google Fiber to access utility poles.

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  • Computershare to add 850 more jobs in Louisville

    Computershare to add 850 more jobs in Louisville

    Thursday, October 27 2016 2:13 PM EDT2016-10-27 18:13:48 GMT

     Computershare, a business services firm based in Australia, plans a much larger presence in Louisville than the company first announced in September 2014. Computershare now plans to add 1,100 jobs in Louisville – up from the company’s initial estimate of 250 -- according to state documents. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Thursday approved a sweetened offer of public subsidies for Computershare based on the increased ...

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     Computershare, a business services firm based in Australia, plans a much larger presence in Louisville than the company first announced in September 2014. Computershare now plans to add 1,100 jobs in Louisville – up from the company’s initial estimate of 250 -- according to state documents. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Thursday approved a sweetened offer of public subsidies for Computershare based on the increased ...

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  • UPS to add 14 cargo planes as air demand grows

    UPS to add 14 cargo planes as air demand grows

    Thursday, October 27 2016 12:14 PM EDT2016-10-27 16:14:05 GMT
    A UPS Boeing 747-8 cargo plane (provided by UPS)A UPS Boeing 747-8 cargo plane (provided by UPS)

    UPS plans to add 14 Boeing 747-8 cargo planes to its 500-aircraft fleet as demand for its air shipping services continues to grow, the company said Thursday. Atlanta-based UPS has its Worldport global air hub at Louisville International Airport. 

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    UPS plans to add 14 Boeing 747-8 cargo planes to its 500-aircraft fleet as demand for its air shipping services continues to grow, the company said Thursday. Atlanta-based UPS has its Worldport global air hub at Louisville International Airport. 

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  • Greater Louisville Inc. secures $767,000 for "talent" attraction effort

    Greater Louisville Inc. secures $767,000 for "talent" attraction effort

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 4:46 PM EDT2016-10-26 20:46:20 GMT
    Louisville skyline, April 2016Louisville skyline, April 2016

    Greater Louisville Inc. has secured $767,000 to pay for a three-year effort to attract more educated professionals – referred to as “talent” in the business world – to Louisville. The James Graham Brown Foundation will donate the money to an affiliate of GLI over the next year. 

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    Greater Louisville Inc. has secured $767,000 to pay for a three-year effort to attract more educated professionals – referred to as “talent” in the business world – to Louisville. The James Graham Brown Foundation will donate the money to an affiliate of GLI over the next year. 

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  • Red Hot Roasters to open second location in Butchertown

    Red Hot Roasters to open second location in Butchertown

    Monday, October 24 2016 8:45 PM EDT2016-10-25 00:45:45 GMT

    Red Hot Roasters plans to add a second location next year on East Main Street in the budding Butcher Block development, the coffee shop’s owners said in a press release Monday. For ten years, Red Hot Roasters has operated a drive-through window in the back of a gas station at 1403 Lexington Street. 

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    Red Hot Roasters plans to add a second location next year on East Main Street in the budding Butcher Block development, the coffee shop’s owners said in a press release Monday. For ten years, Red Hot Roasters has operated a drive-through window in the back of a gas station at 1403 Lexington Street. 

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  • Kentucky Supreme Court strikes down Louisville Metro minimum wage law

    Kentucky Supreme Court strikes down Louisville Metro minimum wage law

    Thursday, October 20 2016 3:33 PM EDT2016-10-20 19:33:58 GMT

    The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that Louisville Metro government overstepped its authority in 2014 when it enacted a local minimum wage. The high court reversed an earlier ruling by a Jefferson County judge. The court said wages are regulated at the state level and that Louisville's ordinance conflicts with state law. 

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    The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that Louisville Metro government overstepped its authority in 2014 when it enacted a local minimum wage. The high court reversed an earlier ruling by a Jefferson County judge. The court said wages are regulated at the state level and that Louisville's ordinance conflicts with state law. 

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  • Former University of Louisville Foundation chairman resigns from board, laments "attacks" on Ramsey

    Former University of Louisville Foundation chairman resigns from board, laments "attacks" on Ramsey

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 4:15 PM EDT2016-10-19 20:15:23 GMT
    Former U of L Foundation Chairman Robert HughesFormer U of L Foundation Chairman Robert Hughes

    One of former University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s most ardent supporters has resigned from the board of directors of the school’s embattled foundation. Dr. Robert Hughes, who had been chairman of the foundation board until he was pressured to step aside in September, resigned from the nonprofit’s board on Oct. 13. 

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    One of former University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s most ardent supporters has resigned from the board of directors of the school’s embattled foundation. Dr. Robert Hughes, who had been chairman of the foundation board until he was pressured to step aside in September, resigned from the nonprofit’s board on Oct. 13. 

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  • AT&T Fiber now 'available widely' in Louisville area, company says

    AT&T Fiber now 'available widely' in Louisville area, company says

    Tuesday, October 18 2016 4:15 PM EDT2016-10-18 20:15:45 GMT
    An AT&T worker installs fiber-optic cable off Goldsmith Lane in Louisville, Oct. 18, 2016.An AT&T worker installs fiber-optic cable off Goldsmith Lane in Louisville, Oct. 18, 2016.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  AT&T’s fiber Internet service is now “available widely” to residential customers in parts of Jefferson, Oldham, Nelson and Spencer counties, with plans to expand into Jeffersonville and New Albany, Indiana, a company official said Tuesday. With connections up to 1 gigabit per second, AT&T Fiber is the kind of super-fast service that Mayor Greg Fischer’s office has worked for years to bring to the city. “This is a ...

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  AT&T’s fiber Internet service is now “available widely” to residential customers in parts of Jefferson, Oldham, Nelson and Spencer counties, with plans to expand into Jeffersonville and New Albany, Indiana, a company official said Tuesday. With connections up to 1 gigabit per second, AT&T Fiber is the kind of super-fast service that Mayor Greg Fischer’s office has worked for years to bring to the city. “This is a ...

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  • GE Appliances workers take 'strike authorization' vote as contract talks continue

    GE Appliances workers take 'strike authorization' vote as contract talks continue

    Monday, October 17 2016 5:37 PM EDT2016-10-17 21:37:10 GMT
    Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.Members of IUE-CWA Local 761, led by president Dana Crittendon, rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015.

    Rank-and-file workers at GE Appliance Park are taking a “strike authorization vote” today, a union official told WDRB News. The move comes about two months after GE Appliances began negotiating a new labor contract with IUE-CWA Local 83761, which represents about 4,000 rank-and-file workers at Louisville’s Appliance Park. 

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    Rank-and-file workers at GE Appliance Park are taking a “strike authorization vote” today, a union official told WDRB News. The move comes about two months after GE Appliances began negotiating a new labor contract with IUE-CWA Local 83761, which represents about 4,000 rank-and-file workers at Louisville’s Appliance Park. 

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  • KentuckyOne Health lays off 104 in outsourcing of security services

    KentuckyOne Health lays off 104 in outsourcing of security services

    Monday, October 17 2016 2:17 PM EDT2016-10-17 18:17:37 GMT
    KentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown LouisvilleKentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville

    KentuckyOne Health laid off 104 security workers last week after contracting with a third-party firm to provide uniformed guards at its locations throughout the state. 

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    KentuckyOne Health laid off 104 security workers last week after contracting with a third-party firm to provide uniformed guards at its locations throughout the state. 

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  • Foundation debt shuffling boosts value of University of Louisville endowment

    Foundation debt shuffling boosts value of University of Louisville endowment

    Friday, October 14 2016 2:06 PM EDT2016-10-14 18:06:50 GMT
    Jason Tomlinson, chief financial officer of the University of Louisville FoundationJason Tomlinson, chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation

    With the stroke of a pen on Friday, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of Louisville was able to add nearly $29 million to the school’s $655 million endowment. The board of the University of Louisville Real Estate Foundation voted Friday to assume responsibility to repay $28.8 million in debt to the endowment, a pool of donated funds that supports U of L.

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    With the stroke of a pen on Friday, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of Louisville was able to add nearly $29 million to the school’s $655 million endowment. The board of the University of Louisville Real Estate Foundation voted Friday to assume responsibility to repay $28.8 million in debt to the endowment, a pool of donated funds that supports U of L.

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  • University of Louisville Foundation backs away from plan to erase debt to school's endowment

    University of Louisville Foundation backs away from plan to erase debt to school's endowment

    Thursday, October 13 2016 5:26 PM EDT2016-10-13 21:26:58 GMT

    The University of Louisville Foundation is backpedaling from a plan to erase $28 million in debt that the foundation’s own holding company owes to U of L’s endowment. 

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    The University of Louisville Foundation is backpedaling from a plan to erase $28 million in debt that the foundation’s own holding company owes to U of L’s endowment. 

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  • University of Louisville says KentuckyOne Health owes nearly $60 million

    University of Louisville says KentuckyOne Health owes nearly $60 million

    Wednesday, October 12 2016 6:01 PM EDT2016-10-12 22:01:48 GMT
    University Hospital is operated by KentuckyOne HealthUniversity Hospital is operated by KentuckyOne Health

    The University of Louisville claims KentuckyOne Health is behind by nearly $60 million on its obligations to support University Hospital and U of L’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The university also blames KentuckyOne for nursing shortages at the hospital that have caused “serious reputational harm to U of L” and recent executive firings that threaten the operations of the hospital and cancer center. 

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    The University of Louisville claims KentuckyOne Health is behind by nearly $60 million on its obligations to support University Hospital and U of L’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The university also blames KentuckyOne for nursing shortages at the hospital that have caused “serious reputational harm to U of L” and recent executive firings that threaten the operations of the hospital and cancer center. 

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  • Official: Yum Brands to keep 800 corporate jobs in Louisville following strategy shift

    Official: Yum Brands to keep 800 corporate jobs in Louisville following strategy shift

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 5:36 PM EDT2016-10-11 21:36:17 GMT

    Louisville-based Yum! Brands plans to cut 2,100 corporate positions over the next three years as the company shifts its strategy following the spin-off of its China division into a separate company. But a top Yum official said corporate employment at the company’s Louisville headquarters has nearly bottomed out already. 

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    Louisville-based Yum! Brands plans to cut 2,100 corporate positions over the next three years as the company shifts its strategy following the spin-off of its China division into a separate company. But a top Yum official said corporate employment at the company’s Louisville headquarters has nearly bottomed out already. 

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  • Kentucky State Fair Board names Jason Rittenberry as next CEO

    Kentucky State Fair Board names Jason Rittenberry as next CEO

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 2:49 PM EDT2016-10-11 18:49:17 GMT

    In his resume, Rittenberry describes himself as a “proven successful C-level sports and entertainment venue manager.”

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    In his resume, Rittenberry describes himself as a “proven successful C-level sports and entertainment venue manager.”

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Retiring Norton Healthcare CEO looks back on two decades of growth

    SUNDAY EDITION | Retiring Norton Healthcare CEO looks back on two decades of growth

    Sunday, October 9 2016 10:13 PM EDT2016-10-10 02:13:30 GMT
    Steve Williams, CEO of Norton HealthcareSteve Williams, CEO of Norton Healthcare

    Norton Healthcare CEO Steve Williams led the organization to become the biggest healthcare provider in Louisville. Set to retire soon, Williams looks back on his career in an interview with WDRB.

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    Norton Healthcare CEO Steve Williams led the organization to become the biggest healthcare provider in Louisville. Set to retire soon, Williams looks back on his career in an interview with WDRB.

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  • Before leaving foundation, Ramsey gave lucrative employment deal to longtime aide

    Before leaving foundation, Ramsey gave lucrative employment deal to longtime aide

    Thursday, October 6 2016 6:19 PM EDT2016-10-06 22:19:11 GMT

    Two months before he resigned as president of the University of Louisville Foundation, James Ramsey appointed his longtime aide Kathleen Smith as the nonprofit organization’s “acting chief administrative officer” with a $242,144 annual salary, according to a letter obtained by WDRB. 

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    Two months before he resigned as president of the University of Louisville Foundation, James Ramsey appointed his longtime aide Kathleen Smith as the nonprofit organization’s “acting chief administrative officer” with a $242,144 annual salary, according to a letter obtained by WDRB. 

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  • University of Louisville Foundation puts off dealing with debts to school's endowment

    University of Louisville Foundation puts off dealing with debts to school's endowment

    Thursday, October 6 2016 2:38 PM EDT2016-10-06 18:38:11 GMT
    University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Brucie Moore, center, leads the foundation's meeting on Oct. 6, 2016University of Louisville Foundation Chairwoman Brucie Moore, center, leads the foundation's meeting on Oct. 6, 2016

    The University of Louisville Foundation board of directors put off deciding Thursday whether to forgive $28 million in debt that the foundation’s own holding company owes the university’s endowment -- a situation that has complicated the preparation of the foundation’s annual audit. 

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    The University of Louisville Foundation board of directors put off deciding Thursday whether to forgive $28 million in debt that the foundation’s own holding company owes the university’s endowment -- a situation that has complicated the preparation of the foundation’s annual audit. 

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  • University of Louisville endowment takes big loss on loans to foundation holding company

    University of Louisville endowment takes big loss on loans to foundation holding company

    Wednesday, October 5 2016 5:58 PM EDT2016-10-05 21:58:16 GMT

    The University of Louisville’s endowment suffered a 5.8 percent investment loss in the year ended June 30 – its biggest decline since the 2008 financial crisis. And while many university funds had poor returns over the last year, U of L’s decline was made worse by a massive loss the school’s nonprofit foundation recognized on money its own company, University Holdings, borrowed from the endowment.

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    The University of Louisville’s endowment suffered a 5.8 percent investment loss in the year ended June 30 – its biggest decline since the 2008 financial crisis. And while many university funds had poor returns over the last year, U of L’s decline was made worse by a massive loss the school’s nonprofit foundation recognized on money its own company, University Holdings, borrowed from the endowment.

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  • Charter Communications lawsuit accuses Louisville of favoring Google Fiber, AT&T

    Charter Communications lawsuit accuses Louisville of favoring Google Fiber, AT&T

    Monday, October 3 2016 5:37 PM EDT2016-10-03 21:37:33 GMT

    Charter Communications, Louisville’s cable TV provider, claims Metro government gives favorable treatment to its competitors Google Fiber and AT&T while keeping Charter  “under the yoke of an extensive and burdensome regulatory regime,” according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. 

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    Charter Communications, Louisville’s cable TV provider, claims Metro government gives favorable treatment to its competitors Google Fiber and AT&T while keeping Charter  “under the yoke of an extensive and burdensome regulatory regime,” according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. 

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  • Reynolds to expand west Louisville aluminum plant, add 50 jobs

    Reynolds to expand west Louisville aluminum plant, add 50 jobs

    Thursday, September 29 2016 3:26 PM EDT2016-09-29 19:26:49 GMT
    Reynolds plant in Louisville's Parkland neighborhoodReynolds plant in Louisville's Parkland neighborhood

    Reynolds Manufacturing plans to expand its west Louisville plant where it makes Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil, adding up to 50 jobs. State officials on Thursday approved the company for an economic development subsidy of up to $650,000 – paid out over 10 years --  if Reynolds follows through with the plan. 

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    Reynolds Manufacturing plans to expand its west Louisville plant where it makes Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil, adding up to 50 jobs. State officials on Thursday approved the company for an economic development subsidy of up to $650,000 – paid out over 10 years --  if Reynolds follows through with the plan. 

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  • Judge rules Bevin erred in abolishing University of Louisville board of trustees

    Judge rules Bevin erred in abolishing University of Louisville board of trustees

    Wednesday, September 28 2016 2:26 PM EDT2016-09-28 18:26:40 GMT
    University of LouisvilleUniversity of Louisville

    A Frankfort judge has ruled that Gov. Matt Bevin overstepped his authority by abolishing the University of Louisville board of trustees and appointing a new board over the summer. The sharply worded opinion by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd faults Bevin for apparently negotiating former U of L President James Ramsey's resignation in exchange for blowing up the board. 

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    A Frankfort judge has ruled that Gov. Matt Bevin overstepped his authority by abolishing the University of Louisville board of trustees and appointing a new board over the summer. The sharply worded opinion by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd faults Bevin for apparently negotiating former U of L President James Ramsey's resignation in exchange for blowing up the board. 

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  • Former Ramsey aide Kathleen Smith placed on paid leave from University of Louisville Foundation

    Former Ramsey aide Kathleen Smith placed on paid leave from University of Louisville Foundation

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 5:35 PM EDT2016-09-27 21:35:14 GMT

    Kathleen Smith, the longtime aide to former University of Louisville President James Ramsey, has been placed on paid administrative leave from her position at U of L's nonprofit foundation. 

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    Kathleen Smith, the longtime aide to former University of Louisville President James Ramsey, has been placed on paid administrative leave from her position at U of L's nonprofit foundation. 

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  • University of Louisville leaders agree to foundation audit; CFO takes pointed questions

    University of Louisville leaders agree to foundation audit; CFO takes pointed questions

    Saturday, September 24 2016 7:30 AM EDT2016-09-24 11:30:16 GMT
    Jason Tomlinson, chief financial officer of the University of Louisville FoundationJason Tomlinson, chief financial officer of the University of Louisville Foundation

    Leaders at the University of Louisville and its affiliated foundation agreed Friday on the process for hiring a special auditor to examine questionable spending by the foundation – a move that averts a potential lawsuit by the university against the foundation. 

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    Leaders at the University of Louisville and its affiliated foundation agreed Friday on the process for hiring a special auditor to examine questionable spending by the foundation – a move that averts a potential lawsuit by the university against the foundation. 

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  • University of Louisville leaders at odds over special audit of nonprofit foundation

    University of Louisville leaders at odds over special audit of nonprofit foundation

    Thursday, September 22 2016 3:56 PM EDT2016-09-22 19:56:52 GMT
    Larry Benz, chairman of the University of Louisville board of trustees, and Brucie Moore, chairwoman of the U of L Foundation Board of DirectorsLarry Benz, chairman of the University of Louisville board of trustees, and Brucie Moore, chairwoman of the U of L Foundation Board of Directors

    The leaders of the University of Louisville and its affiliated foundation are at odds over the scope and oversight of a special audit of the foundation’s finances. Larry Benz, chairman of the U of L board of trustees, is threatening to sue the foundation if it does not agree to a “forensic” audit by a firm chosen by the university trustees.

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    The leaders of the University of Louisville and its affiliated foundation are at odds over the scope and oversight of a special audit of the foundation’s finances. Larry Benz, chairman of the U of L board of trustees, is threatening to sue the foundation if it does not agree to a “forensic” audit by a firm chosen by the university trustees.

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  • University of Louisville Foundation holding company borrows millions from school's endowment

    University of Louisville Foundation holding company borrows millions from school's endowment

    The University of Louisville Foundation has withdrawn as much as $60 million from the endowment it manages for U of L since 2008 and lent the money to its own real estate holding company – an organization which, for years, has paid extra salaries to some university administrators. Then former U of L President James Ramsey repaid some of the debt with university funds, according to a WDRB investigation.

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    The University of Louisville Foundation has withdrawn as much as $60 million from the endowment it manages for U of L since 2008 and lent the money to its own real estate holding company – an organization which, for years, has paid extra salaries to some university administrators. Then former U of L President James Ramsey repaid some of the debt with university funds, according to a WDRB investigation.

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  • University of Louisville board chairman's Florida voter registration is disqualifying, former trustee charges

    University of Louisville board chairman's Florida voter registration is disqualifying, former trustee charges

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 8:14 PM EDT2016-09-15 00:14:24 GMT
    Larry Benz, chairman of the U of L Board of TrusteesLarry Benz, chairman of the U of L Board of Trustees

    University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Benz is registered to vote in Florida, which, former trustee Ron Butt says, disqualifies Benz from serving on the board.

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    University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Benz is registered to vote in Florida, which, former trustee Ron Butt says, disqualifies Benz from serving on the board.

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  • University of Louisville trustees threaten to sue foundation over financial records

    University of Louisville trustees threaten to sue foundation over financial records

    Friday, September 9 2016 3:47 PM EDT2016-09-09 19:47:49 GMT
    University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Benz, Sept. 9, 2016University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Benz, Sept. 9, 2016

    The University of Louisville is threatening to sue its own foundation over access to the nonprofit organization’s financial records – a situation one university trustee likened to “a child filing a lawsuit against their parent.”

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    The University of Louisville is threatening to sue its own foundation over access to the nonprofit organization’s financial records – a situation one university trustee likened to “a child filing a lawsuit against their parent.”

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  • Attorney: Ramsey 'deserves' to negotiate exit deal with University of Louisville Foundation

    Attorney: Ramsey 'deserves' to negotiate exit deal with University of Louisville Foundation

    Thursday, September 8 2016 3:03 PM EDT2016-09-08 19:03:10 GMT
    University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey, July 28, 2016University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey, July 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Former University of Louisville President James Ramsey “deserves” to negotiate the terms of his departure as president of the school’s foundation and would like to continue leading the nonprofit organization until Jan. 1, 2017, according to Ramsey’s attorney. When he resigned as U of L president on July 27, Ramsey “was told” that he would get to negotiate “the timing and terms of his departure” as chief e...

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Former University of Louisville President James Ramsey “deserves” to negotiate the terms of his departure as president of the school’s foundation and would like to continue leading the nonprofit organization until Jan. 1, 2017, according to Ramsey’s attorney. When he resigned as U of L president on July 27, Ramsey “was told” that he would get to negotiate “the timing and terms of his departure” as chief e...

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  • Document: Ramsey can give former chief of staff as much "deferred" pay from foundation as he wants

    Document: Ramsey can give former chief of staff as much "deferred" pay from foundation as he wants

    Thursday, September 8 2016 1:58 PM EDT2016-09-08 17:58:24 GMT

    On his way out the door at the University of Louisville Foundation, one of James Ramsey’s last official actions as the nonprofit’s chief executive could be to give Kathleen Smith, his longtime former chief of staff, as much “deferred” pay as he wants. Ramsey, the former U of L president, signed an unusual amendment to Smith’s deferred compensation agreement with the foundation last November.

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    On his way out the door at the University of Louisville Foundation, one of James Ramsey’s last official actions as the nonprofit’s chief executive could be to give Kathleen Smith, his longtime former chief of staff, as much “deferred” pay as he wants. Ramsey, the former U of L president, signed an unusual amendment to Smith’s deferred compensation agreement with the foundation last November.

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  • University of Louisville Foundation board to meet Sept. 16; Ramsey's role at issue

    University of Louisville Foundation board to meet Sept. 16; Ramsey's role at issue

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 7:16 PM EDT2016-09-07 23:16:07 GMT
    U of L Foundation President James Ramsey at foundation meeting, March 8, 2016U of L Foundation President James Ramsey at foundation meeting, March 8, 2016

    James Ramsey’s continued employment as president of the University of Louisville Foundation could be decided at a special meeting of the foundation’s Board of Directors on Friday, Sept. 16. 

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    James Ramsey’s continued employment as president of the University of Louisville Foundation could be decided at a special meeting of the foundation’s Board of Directors on Friday, Sept. 16. 

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  • Attorney General Beshear sues Sunrooms and More for bilking customers

    Attorney General Beshear sues Sunrooms and More for bilking customers

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 11:33 AM EDT2016-09-07 15:33:44 GMT
    Andy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney GeneralAndy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney General

    Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear sued residential remodeling contractor American Home Design Inc., also known as Sunrooms and More, and owner Jerod Hagen on Wednesday for violating the state's Consumer Protection Act. Sunrooms and More builds additions, upgrades bathrooms and performs other remodeling work in Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky. 

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    Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear sued residential remodeling contractor American Home Design Inc., also known as Sunrooms and More, and owner Jerod Hagen on Wednesday for violating the state's Consumer Protection Act. Sunrooms and More builds additions, upgrades bathrooms and performs other remodeling work in Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky. 

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  • UPDATE: University of Louisville Foundation committee meeting canceled

    UPDATE: University of Louisville Foundation committee meeting canceled

    Monday, September 5 2016 5:13 PM EDT2016-09-05 21:13:40 GMT
    U of L Foundation President James RamseyU of L Foundation President James Ramsey

    The executive committee Foundation’s Board of Directors were supposed to hold the extremely rare meeting on the federal holiday at 5 p.m. amid speculation that foundation President James Ramsey could resign, perhaps in exchange for a payout from the organization.

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    The executive committee Foundation’s Board of Directors were supposed to hold the extremely rare meeting on the federal holiday at 5 p.m. amid speculation that foundation President James Ramsey could resign, perhaps in exchange for a payout from the organization.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | In need of service techs, Louisville auto dealers turn to JCTC, Southern High

    SUNDAY EDITION | In need of service techs, Louisville auto dealers turn to JCTC, Southern High

    Sunday, September 4 2016 11:02 PM EDT2016-09-05 03:02:11 GMT
    JCTC student Alyssa ClaycombJCTC student Alyssa Claycomb

    WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts looks at efforts to train automotive service technicians at Jefferson Community and Technical College and Southern High School.

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    WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts looks at efforts to train automotive service technicians at Jefferson Community and Technical College and Southern High School.

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  • Major University of Louisville Foundation donor questions spending, calls for audit

    Major University of Louisville Foundation donor questions spending, calls for audit

    Sunday, September 4 2016 7:38 PM EDT2016-09-04 23:38:54 GMT
    U of L Foundation President James Ramsey at foundation meeting, March 8, 2016U of L Foundation President James Ramsey at foundation meeting, March 8, 2016

    Citing questionable spending and a lack of transparency, one of the biggest donors to the University of Louisville Foundation says it will not approve additional grants until the organization hires an forensic accountant to examine its books. 

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    Citing questionable spending and a lack of transparency, one of the biggest donors to the University of Louisville Foundation says it will not approve additional grants until the organization hires an forensic accountant to examine its books. 

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  • Boutique hotel planned at 6th and Main streets in downtown Louisville

    Boutique hotel planned at 6th and Main streets in downtown Louisville

    Thursday, September 1 2016 1:26 PM EDT2016-09-01 17:26:16 GMT
    Vision Hospitality Group plans a boutique hotel at 601 W Main Street in downtown Louisville.Vision Hospitality Group plans a boutique hotel at 601 W Main Street in downtown Louisville.

    A Tennessee developer plans to convert a vacant office building at 6th and Main streets into a boutique hotel – the latest in a string of new hotels downtown. A company linked to Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group bought the 5-story former Morgan & Pottinger building at 601 W. Main Street for $3.5 million on Aug. 25, according to a deed filed in the Jefferson County Clerk’s office.

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    A Tennessee developer plans to convert a vacant office building at 6th and Main streets into a boutique hotel – the latest in a string of new hotels downtown. A company linked to Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group bought the 5-story former Morgan & Pottinger building at 601 W. Main Street for $3.5 million on Aug. 25, according to a deed filed in the Jefferson County Clerk’s office.

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  • UPS pilots ratify contract that includes pay bump, $40,000 - $60,000 signing bonus

    UPS pilots ratify contract that includes pay bump, $40,000 - $60,000 signing bonus

    Wednesday, August 31 2016 12:18 PM EDT2016-08-31 16:18:37 GMT

    Members of the Louisville-based Independent Pilots Association have overwhelmingly ratified a five-year labor contract with UPS Airlines that will deliver a $40,000 to $60,000 bonus to each pilot, an immediate base-pay increase and “more favorable” rest policies for overnight and international flights. The IPA’s 2,500 pilots -- many of whom are based in UPS’ global air hub of Louisville -- voted 91 percent in favor.

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    Members of the Louisville-based Independent Pilots Association have overwhelmingly ratified a five-year labor contract with UPS Airlines that will deliver a $40,000 to $60,000 bonus to each pilot, an immediate base-pay increase and “more favorable” rest policies for overnight and international flights. The IPA’s 2,500 pilots -- many of whom are based in UPS’ global air hub of Louisville -- voted 91 percent in favor.

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  • Accrediting group: Bevin moves create "significant" issues for University of Louisville

    Accrediting group: Bevin moves create "significant" issues for University of Louisville

    Friday, August 26 2016 4:25 PM EDT2016-08-26 20:25:32 GMT
    Gov. Matt BevinGov. Matt Bevin

    The group that accredits the University of Louisville said recent moves by Gov. Matt Bevin -- including abolishing the university's governing board -- create "significant" issues for the university's good standing.

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    The group that accredits the University of Louisville said recent moves by Gov. Matt Bevin -- including abolishing the university's governing board -- create "significant" issues for the university's good standing.

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  • GE Appliances to stop making GeoSpring water heaters, outsource Louisville warehouse

    GE Appliances to stop making GeoSpring water heaters, outsource Louisville warehouse

    Friday, August 26 2016 2:43 PM EDT2016-08-26 18:43:33 GMT
    Water heater production inside GE Appliance Park, Louisville Ky.Water heater production inside GE Appliance Park, Louisville Ky.

    GE Appliances will stop making energy-efficient GeoSpring heat-pump water heaters because of low sales while following through on a previously announced plan to outsource its Louisville distribution center, the company said Friday. The moves will affect about 300 hourly workers and 23 salaried employees at Louisville Appliance Park.

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    GE Appliances will stop making energy-efficient GeoSpring heat-pump water heaters because of low sales while following through on a previously announced plan to outsource its Louisville distribution center, the company said Friday. The moves will affect about 300 hourly workers and 23 salaried employees at Louisville Appliance Park.

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  • Reinstated University of Louisville trustees approve tuition deal, avoid fireworks

    Reinstated University of Louisville trustees approve tuition deal, avoid fireworks

    Thursday, August 25 2016 6:02 PM EDT2016-08-25 22:02:49 GMT
    Larry Benz, left, and Neville PintoLarry Benz, left, and Neville Pinto

    The newly reinstated University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved a budget and two-year tuition plan Thursday while avoiding any hint of the divisions that previously plagued the board.

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    The newly reinstated University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved a budget and two-year tuition plan Thursday while avoiding any hint of the divisions that previously plagued the board.

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  • Some staffers in University of Louisville president’s office also paid by foundation

    Some staffers in University of Louisville president’s office also paid by foundation

    Thursday, August 25 2016 5:10 PM EDT2016-08-25 21:10:43 GMT
    U of L Foundation President James Ramsey at foundation meeting, March 8, 2016U of L Foundation President James Ramsey at foundation meeting, March 8, 2016

    Records show that four employees of the university president's office have received money from a foundation sub-organization since 2012 despite no stated justification for the payments.

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    Records show that four employees of the university president's office have received money from a foundation sub-organization since 2012 despite no stated justification for the payments.

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  • University of Louisville leaders pledge to hold tuition flat in 2017-18

    University of Louisville leaders pledge to hold tuition flat in 2017-18

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 5:08 PM EDT2016-08-24 21:08:58 GMT
    University of Louisville Belknap campusUniversity of Louisville Belknap campus

    In an unusual move, administrators at the University of Louisville have made an advance promise not to increase tuition in the 2017-18 academic year. The commitment is part of a budget that would retroactively approve the 5 percent tuition increase already implemented for the academic year that started this week.

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    In an unusual move, administrators at the University of Louisville have made an advance promise not to increase tuition in the 2017-18 academic year. The commitment is part of a budget that would retroactively approve the 5 percent tuition increase already implemented for the academic year that started this week.

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  • Louisville-based Yum! Brands offering retirement buyouts to corporate employees

    Louisville-based Yum! Brands offering retirement buyouts to corporate employees

    Saturday, August 20 2016 8:12 AM EDT2016-08-20 12:12:06 GMT
    Yum's corporate headquarters in Louisville, Ky.Yum's corporate headquarters in Louisville, Ky.

    Yum! Brands is offering retirement buyouts to employees at its three corporate bases – Louisville, greater Dallas and Irvine, Calif. The Louisville-based fast food giant confirmed the offers in a statement, though it declined to specify how many employees are eligible for the deal, nor the deadline for acceptance. 

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    Yum! Brands is offering retirement buyouts to employees at its three corporate bases – Louisville, greater Dallas and Irvine, Calif. The Louisville-based fast food giant confirmed the offers in a statement, though it declined to specify how many employees are eligible for the deal, nor the deadline for acceptance. 

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  • Norton Healthcare CEO Steve Williams to retire after 23 years, Russell Cox to take over

    Norton Healthcare CEO Steve Williams to retire after 23 years, Russell Cox to take over

    Friday, August 19 2016 11:38 AM EDT2016-08-19 15:38:00 GMT
    Norton Healthcare CEO Steve Williams will retire at the end of 2016.Norton Healthcare CEO Steve Williams will retire at the end of 2016.

    Steve Williams, who transformed Norton Healthcare into the area's hospital juggernaut, will retire at the end of year after 23 years leading the nonprofit healthcare provider.  Russell Cox, the organization's president, will succeed Williams as CEO.

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    Steve Williams, who transformed Norton Healthcare into the area's hospital juggernaut, will retire at the end of year after 23 years leading the nonprofit healthcare provider.  Russell Cox, the organization's president, will succeed Williams as CEO.

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  • Bevin: University of Louisville board should keep meeting despite court order

    Bevin: University of Louisville board should keep meeting despite court order

    Thursday, August 18 2016 5:02 PM EDT2016-08-18 21:02:27 GMT
    Kentucky Gov. Matt BevinKentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

    Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview Wednesday that his newly appointed University of Louisville Board of Trustees should meet and continue conducting business despite a temporary injunction from a Frankfort judge. On July 29, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the injunction temporarily blocking Bevin's abolition and replacement of the U of L Board of Trustees.

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    Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview Wednesday that his newly appointed University of Louisville Board of Trustees should meet and continue conducting business despite a temporary injunction from a Frankfort judge. On July 29, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the injunction temporarily blocking Bevin's abolition and replacement of the U of L Board of Trustees.

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  • Defense contractor Raytheon planning more jobs at Louisville plant

    Defense contractor Raytheon planning more jobs at Louisville plant

    Tuesday, August 16 2016 4:39 PM EDT2016-08-16 20:39:19 GMT
    The Raytheon SeaRAM weapon, shown in a company video played August 16, 2016The Raytheon SeaRAM weapon, shown in a company video played August 16, 2016

    Raytheon Co.’s south Louisville factory plans to add 98 employees in the next 4-5 years as demand for the defense contractor’s naval ship weapons continues to grow and as the plant begins producing launchers for a new, long-range anti-ship strike missile. 

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    Raytheon Co.’s south Louisville factory plans to add 98 employees in the next 4-5 years as demand for the defense contractor’s naval ship weapons continues to grow and as the plant begins producing launchers for a new, long-range anti-ship strike missile. 

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  • Report: Google Fiber rethinking expansion plans in Louisville and other cities

    Report: Google Fiber rethinking expansion plans in Louisville and other cities

    Monday, August 15 2016 4:56 PM EDT2016-08-15 20:56:33 GMT
    Screenshot from Google Fiber websiteScreenshot from Google Fiber website

    Google is reportedly rethinking plans to spend millions of dollars running fiber-optic cables to homes for super-fast Internet and TV connections – a move that could affect the service’s expansion into Louisville.

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    Google is reportedly rethinking plans to spend millions of dollars running fiber-optic cables to homes for super-fast Internet and TV connections – a move that could affect the service’s expansion into Louisville.

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  • Ahead of contract talks, GE Appliances takes aim at union worker wages, health benefits

    Ahead of contract talks, GE Appliances takes aim at union worker wages, health benefits

    Saturday, August 13 2016 5:21 AM EDT2016-08-13 09:21:03 GMT

    Haier Group, the new owner of Louisville-based GE Appliances, says the wages of about 4,000 union-represented production workers at Louisville’s Appliance Park “are not in line with market realities.” Labor contract negotiations are about to begin.

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    Haier Group, the new owner of Louisville-based GE Appliances, says the wages of about 4,000 union-represented production workers at Louisville’s Appliance Park “are not in line with market realities.” Labor contract negotiations are about to begin.

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  • Manitowoc Food Service to close Sellersburg, Ind., plant, move 84 jobs to Mexico

    Manitowoc Food Service to close Sellersburg, Ind., plant, move 84 jobs to Mexico

    Thursday, August 11 2016 9:10 PM EDT2016-08-12 01:10:28 GMT
    Manitowoc Food Service plant in Sellersburg, Ind.Manitowoc Food Service plant in Sellersburg, Ind.

    Manitowoc Food Service will close its Sellersburg, Indiana manufacturing plant, lay off 84 employees and shift the work its plants in Tijuana and Monterrey, Mexico, the company said Thursday. The plant will close by early 2017, the food and beverage equipment maker based in New Port Richey, Florida said in its quarterly earnings release. The 84 job cuts will begin Oct. 11.

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    Manitowoc Food Service will close its Sellersburg, Indiana manufacturing plant, lay off 84 employees and shift the work its plants in Tijuana and Monterrey, Mexico, the company said Thursday. The plant will close by early 2017, the food and beverage equipment maker based in New Port Richey, Florida said in its quarterly earnings release. The 84 job cuts will begin Oct. 11.

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  • Louisville Plate Glass opens second plant in Newburg area

    Louisville Plate Glass opens second plant in Newburg area

    Thursday, August 11 2016 4:38 PM EDT2016-08-11 20:38:42 GMT
    Workers at Louisville Plate Glass, 4301 Chef's Way, Louisville KY, Aug. 11, 2016Workers at Louisville Plate Glass, 4301 Chef's Way, Louisville KY, Aug. 11, 2016

    Louisville Plate Glass, a century-old manufacturing company, officially opened a second plant in the Newburg area on Thursday. President Bill Stone said the company is on much stronger footing after nearly collapsing in 2009. 

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    Louisville Plate Glass, a century-old manufacturing company, officially opened a second plant in the Newburg area on Thursday. President Bill Stone said the company is on much stronger footing after nearly collapsing in 2009. 

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  • Judge sets December trial for Humana-Aetna merger

    Judge sets December trial for Humana-Aetna merger

    Wednesday, August 10 2016 3:30 PM EDT2016-08-10 19:30:00 GMT

    The federal judge who will determine the fate of the $37 billion acquisition of Louisville-based Humana likely will not rule until January, according to Bloomberg and Dow Jones Business News. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John Bates set a Dec. 5 trial date -- later than Humana and its purchaser Aetna had sought. The companies were trying to preserve the possibility that they could close the deal by their year-end deadline.

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    The federal judge who will determine the fate of the $37 billion acquisition of Louisville-based Humana likely will not rule until January, according to Bloomberg and Dow Jones Business News. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John Bates set a Dec. 5 trial date -- later than Humana and its purchaser Aetna had sought. The companies were trying to preserve the possibility that they could close the deal by their year-end deadline.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | If government kills Humana deal, would Louisville be better off?

    SUNDAY EDITION | If government kills Humana deal, would Louisville be better off?

    Sunday, August 7 2016 10:21 PM EDT2016-08-08 02:21:42 GMT
    Workers at Humana's Digital Experience Center in downtown Louisville, August 2016Workers at Humana's Digital Experience Center in downtown Louisville, August 2016

    As the Justice Department seeks to block Humana's sale to Aetna, WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts looks at what it means for Louisville.

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    As the Justice Department seeks to block Humana's sale to Aetna, WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts looks at what it means for Louisville.

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  • Judge to fast-track Aetna-Humana merger case for year-end deadline

    Judge to fast-track Aetna-Humana merger case for year-end deadline

    Friday, August 5 2016 3:03 PM EDT2016-08-05 19:03:14 GMT
    Humana has a Digital Experience Center in downtown Louisville, Ky.Humana has a Digital Experience Center in downtown Louisville, Ky.

    A federal judge in Washington, D.C. will try to accommodate Aetna and Humana’s request for a trial on their embattled merger in the next few months, which gives the companies a shot of closing the $37 billion by their Dec. 31 deadline. U.S. District Judge John Bates said in a court filing Friday that he will try to honor the companies’ request for a decision on the case by the end of the year.

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    A federal judge in Washington, D.C. will try to accommodate Aetna and Humana’s request for a trial on their embattled merger in the next few months, which gives the companies a shot of closing the $37 billion by their Dec. 31 deadline. U.S. District Judge John Bates said in a court filing Friday that he will try to honor the companies’ request for a decision on the case by the end of the year.

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  • Louisville-made SUVs among Ford models with door-latch problem

    Louisville-made SUVs among Ford models with door-latch problem

    Thursday, August 4 2016 10:25 AM EDT2016-08-04 14:25:06 GMT
    The Ford Escape is made at Louisville Assembly Plant off Fern Valley Road.The Ford Escape is made at Louisville Assembly Plant off Fern Valley Road.

    Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall affecting about 830,000 vehicles Thursday -- including Escape and Lincoln MKC SUVs made in Louisville -- to fix doors that don't latch properly and could swing open while the car is moving. 

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    Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall affecting about 830,000 vehicles Thursday -- including Escape and Lincoln MKC SUVs made in Louisville -- to fix doors that don't latch properly and could swing open while the car is moving. 

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  • Humana, Aetna at odds with government over trial date in merger dispute

    Humana, Aetna at odds with government over trial date in merger dispute

    Wednesday, August 3 2016 2:14 PM EDT2016-08-03 18:14:59 GMT

    The four major health insurance companies whose mergers have been challenged by the Justice Department are now at odds with federal officials over how quickly the court cases should be resolved. In separate filings Tuesday, Aetna and Humana – as well Anthem and Cigna – asked a federal judge for trial dates in the next few months.

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    The four major health insurance companies whose mergers have been challenged by the Justice Department are now at odds with federal officials over how quickly the court cases should be resolved. In separate filings Tuesday, Aetna and Humana – as well Anthem and Cigna – asked a federal judge for trial dates in the next few months.

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  • Humana earnings drop amid higher Obamacare costs

    Humana earnings drop amid higher Obamacare costs

    Wednesday, August 3 2016 2:13 PM EDT2016-08-03 18:13:44 GMT

    Louisville-based Humana Inc.’s profits dropped 20 percent in the three-month ended in June compared to the same time a year earlier, but the insurer’s results still beat analysts’ expectations. Humana said in a news release that all of its lines of business are performing well except for the individual commercial plans it sells directly to consumers and through government exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act. 

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    Louisville-based Humana Inc.’s profits dropped 20 percent in the three-month ended in June compared to the same time a year earlier, but the insurer’s results still beat analysts’ expectations. Humana said in a news release that all of its lines of business are performing well except for the individual commercial plans it sells directly to consumers and through government exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act. 

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  • Humana, Aetna agree to sell some Medicare Advantage plans in hopes of saving merger

    Humana, Aetna agree to sell some Medicare Advantage plans in hopes of saving merger

    Tuesday, August 2 2016 11:51 AM EDT2016-08-02 15:51:50 GMT

    The impact to Medicare Advantage customers in 21 states.

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    The impact to Medicare Advantage customers in 21 states.

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  • Ramsey plans to continue working for University of Louisville Foundation

    Ramsey plans to continue working for University of Louisville Foundation

    Thursday, July 28 2016 4:57 PM EDT2016-07-28 20:57:27 GMT
    U of L Foundation President James Ramsey speaks with WDRB's Stephan Johnson, July 28, 2016U of L Foundation President James Ramsey speaks with WDRB's Stephan Johnson, July 28, 2016

    A day after resigning as University of Louisville president, James Ramsey said he plans to continue working at the U of L Foundation, a separate nonprofit that provides the vast majority of his multi-million-dollar annual compensation. 

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    A day after resigning as University of Louisville president, James Ramsey said he plans to continue working at the U of L Foundation, a separate nonprofit that provides the vast majority of his multi-million-dollar annual compensation. 

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  • Ramsey resigns as University of Louisville president, gets $690,000 settlement

    Ramsey resigns as University of Louisville president, gets $690,000 settlement

    Thursday, July 28 2016 2:50 PM EDT2016-07-28 18:50:14 GMT

    The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has come to a settlement agreement with Dr. James Ramsey for $690,000.

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    The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has come to a settlement agreement with Dr. James Ramsey for $690,000.

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  • Kosair Charities and Norton Healthcare settle 2-year lawsuit

    Kosair Charities and Norton Healthcare settle 2-year lawsuit

    Tuesday, July 26 2016 4:49 PM EDT2016-07-26 20:49:18 GMT

    Norton Healthcare and Kosair Charities have agreed to settle a two-year-old court fight over the finances of Kosair Children’s Hospital.

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    Norton Healthcare and Kosair Charities have agreed to settle a two-year-old court fight over the finances of Kosair Children’s Hospital.

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  • U of L trustees postpone tuition vote amid student objections

    U of L trustees postpone tuition vote amid student objections

    Thursday, July 21 2016 5:40 PM EDT2016-07-21 21:40:22 GMT
    U of L student Kate Hall, a senior majoring in political science, asked several questions of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, July 21, 2016.U of L student Kate Hall, a senior majoring in political science, asked several questions of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s newly reorganized U of L Board of Trustees declined to approve a 5 percent tuition increase for the next academic year at a meeting on Thursday that was interrupted several times by students. 

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    Gov. Matt Bevin’s newly reorganized U of L Board of Trustees declined to approve a 5 percent tuition increase for the next academic year at a meeting on Thursday that was interrupted several times by students. 

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  • Feds file lawsuit blocking Humana, Aetna merger

    Feds file lawsuit blocking Humana, Aetna merger

    Thursday, July 21 2016 11:39 AM EDT2016-07-21 15:39:58 GMT

    The U.S. Department of Justice said it would file a lawsuit Thursday to block the takeover of Louisville-based Humana by Aetna. Federal officials confirmed in their earlier filed against the Anthem-Cigna merger that the department was seeking to block both mergers.

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    The U.S. Department of Justice said it would file a lawsuit Thursday to block the takeover of Louisville-based Humana by Aetna. Federal officials confirmed in their earlier filed against the Anthem-Cigna merger that the department was seeking to block both mergers.

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  • Mary Moseley no longer CEO of Louisville's Al J. Schneider Co.

    Mary Moseley no longer CEO of Louisville's Al J. Schneider Co.

    Wednesday, July 20 2016 5:31 PM EDT2016-07-20 21:31:59 GMT
    Mary Moseley shown on WDRB in 2012Mary Moseley shown on WDRB in 2012

    Mary Moseley is no longer the president and chief executive officer of the Al J. Schneider Co., a position she had held for at least 13 years. Amid a family dispute, the company has named Scott T. Shoenberger, former chief operating officer, as president and CEO.

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    Mary Moseley is no longer the president and chief executive officer of the Al J. Schneider Co., a position she had held for at least 13 years. Amid a family dispute, the company has named Scott T. Shoenberger, former chief operating officer, as president and CEO.

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  • Reports: U.S. officials set to block Aetna-Humana deal

    Reports: U.S. officials set to block Aetna-Humana deal

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 6:01 PM EDT2016-07-19 22:01:35 GMT

    Reuters and Bloomberg reported separately Tuesday that U.S. regulators are preparing to file suit to block Aetna's proposed $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana Inc. The reports add to recent speculation that the deal will run into antitrust problems.

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    Reuters and Bloomberg reported separately Tuesday that U.S. regulators are preparing to file suit to block Aetna's proposed $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana Inc. The reports add to recent speculation that the deal will run into antitrust problems.

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  • University of Louisville accreditation not at risk following Bevin remake of board, official says

    University of Louisville accreditation not at risk following Bevin remake of board, official says

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 1:26 PM EDT2016-07-19 17:26:57 GMT
    The University of Louisville's Belknap campusThe University of Louisville's Belknap campus

    The University of Louisville’s accreditation is “not currently at risk” even following Gov. Matt Bevin’s wholesale remaking of the Board of Trustees, U of L’s accreditation liaison said in affidavit filed in Franklin Circuit Court. Bevin’s lawyers say the sworn statement by Connie Shumake, U of L’s assistant provost for accreditation and academic planning, undercuts Attorney General Andy Beshear’s case.

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    The University of Louisville’s accreditation is “not currently at risk” even following Gov. Matt Bevin’s wholesale remaking of the Board of Trustees, U of L’s accreditation liaison said in affidavit filed in Franklin Circuit Court. Bevin’s lawyers say the sworn statement by Connie Shumake, U of L’s assistant provost for accreditation and academic planning, undercuts Attorney General Andy Beshear’s case.

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  • Tweak by U of L foundation board puts Ramsey in line for extra payout on Jan. 1

    Tweak by U of L foundation board puts Ramsey in line for extra payout on Jan. 1

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 11:35 AM EDT2016-07-19 15:35:40 GMT
    University of Louisville President James Ramsey, July 13, 2016University of Louisville President James Ramsey, July 13, 2016

    In a meeting that lasted five minutes in late 2014, three members of the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors approved a change in U of L President James Ramsey’s pay package that, while subtle, could end up being very lucrative for Ramsey now.

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    In a meeting that lasted five minutes in late 2014, three members of the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors approved a change in U of L President James Ramsey’s pay package that, while subtle, could end up being very lucrative for Ramsey now.

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  • University of Louisville board chair reverses course, says Ramsey did offer to resign in private meeting

    University of Louisville board chair reverses course, says Ramsey did offer to resign in private meeting

    Thursday, July 14 2016 5:14 PM EDT2016-07-14 21:14:56 GMT
    Junior BridgemanJunior Bridgeman

    University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chair Pro-Tem Junior Bridgeman issued a statement Thursday saying President James Ramsey offered his resignation to the board during Wednesday’s closed-door meeting. On Wednesday, Bridgeman told reporters that Ramsey had not offered his resignation.

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    University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chair Pro-Tem Junior Bridgeman issued a statement Thursday saying President James Ramsey offered his resignation to the board during Wednesday’s closed-door meeting. On Wednesday, Bridgeman told reporters that Ramsey had not offered his resignation.

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  • Ramsey does not offer resignation to new University of Louisville Board of Trustees

    Ramsey does not offer resignation to new University of Louisville Board of Trustees

    Wednesday, July 13 2016 5:47 PM EDT2016-07-13 21:47:44 GMT
    University of Louisville President James Ramsey, July 13, 2016University of Louisville President James Ramsey, July 13, 2016

    University of Louisville President James Ramsey did not offer his resignation to the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees – as he had previously said he would – during the board’s first meeting on Wednesday. The timing of Ramsey’s departure – or even if he will depart – only became less certain following the first meeting of the board that Gov. Matt Bevin re-created with 10 new appointees. 

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    University of Louisville President James Ramsey did not offer his resignation to the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees – as he had previously said he would – during the board’s first meeting on Wednesday. The timing of Ramsey’s departure – or even if he will depart – only became less certain following the first meeting of the board that Gov. Matt Bevin re-created with 10 new appointees. 

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  • Beshear: New University of Louisville board should not make 'important or long-term decisions' until case resolved

    Beshear: New University of Louisville board should not make 'important or long-term decisions' until case resolved

    Wednesday, July 13 2016 11:36 AM EDT2016-07-13 15:36:35 GMT
    Andy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney GeneralAndy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney General

    The newly reconstituted University of Louisville Board of Trustees – which holds its first meeting Wednesday afternoon – should avoid making “important or long-term decisions” until the court fight over the board’s legitimacy is resolved, according to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. But Gov. Matt Bevin’s top lawyer said the new 13-member board should have no reservations.

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    The newly reconstituted University of Louisville Board of Trustees – which holds its first meeting Wednesday afternoon – should avoid making “important or long-term decisions” until the court fight over the board’s legitimacy is resolved, according to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. But Gov. Matt Bevin’s top lawyer said the new 13-member board should have no reservations.

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  • Doug Cobb declines Bevin's appointment to University of Louisville Board of Trustees

    Doug Cobb declines Bevin's appointment to University of Louisville Board of Trustees

    Wednesday, July 13 2016 11:23 AM EDT2016-07-13 15:23:34 GMT
    Doug Cobb (Courtesy of Louisville Business First)Doug Cobb (Courtesy of Louisville Business First)

    According to the governor's office, Louisville businessman Douglas Cobb has declined Gov. Matt Bevin’s appointment to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees shortly after local media reported his history of tweets denying evolution and global warming and calling Christianity incompatible with homosexuality.

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    According to the governor's office, Louisville businessman Douglas Cobb has declined Gov. Matt Bevin’s appointment to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees shortly after local media reported his history of tweets denying evolution and global warming and calling Christianity incompatible with homosexuality.

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  • Judge dismisses much of whistle-blower lawsuit filed by ex-University of Louisville employee

    Judge dismisses much of whistle-blower lawsuit filed by ex-University of Louisville employee

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 12:13 PM EDT2016-07-12 16:13:51 GMT

    A Jefferson County judge has dismissed a substantial portion of a lawsuit filed by a former University of Louisville compliance officer who alleges the university and President James Ramsey effectively forced him to quit for reporting wrongdoing. Shorting after submitting his resignation in late February, Robin Wilcox sued the university and Ramsey, alleging administrators worked to “derail and interfere with” his duties.

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    A Jefferson County judge has dismissed a substantial portion of a lawsuit filed by a former University of Louisville compliance officer who alleges the university and President James Ramsey effectively forced him to quit for reporting wrongdoing. Shorting after submitting his resignation in late February, Robin Wilcox sued the university and Ramsey, alleging administrators worked to “derail and interfere with” his duties.

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  • SUNDAY EDITION | Purchase of executive's home becomes expensive ordeal for Kindred Healthcare

    SUNDAY EDITION | Purchase of executive's home becomes expensive ordeal for Kindred Healthcare

    Sunday, July 10 2016 9:20 PM EDT2016-07-11 01:20:14 GMT
    New driveway under construction July 7, 2016 at Kindred Healthcare's property, 3611 Glenview Ave.New driveway under construction July 7, 2016 at Kindred Healthcare's property, 3611 Glenview Ave.

    Kindred Healthcare's extensive assistance to one of its top executives in a driveway dispute with his neighbor raises questions about corporate governance and how the company's resources are spent. WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts investigates.

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    Kindred Healthcare's extensive assistance to one of its top executives in a driveway dispute with his neighbor raises questions about corporate governance and how the company's resources are spent. WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts investigates.

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  • Union: General Electric to keep Appliance Park warehouse workers at least 45 more days

    Union: General Electric to keep Appliance Park warehouse workers at least 45 more days

    Friday, July 8 2016 5:40 PM EDT2016-07-08 21:40:57 GMT
    IUE-CWA 761 President Dana CrittendonIUE-CWA 761 President Dana Crittendon

    General Electric Appliances will delay its planned outsourcing of the warehouse operations at Appliance Park for 45 days, meaning about 200 union workers will keep their jobs until Aug. 21. Dana Crittendon, president of IUE-CWA Local 761, announced the agreement in a letter to union workers on Friday. 

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    General Electric Appliances will delay its planned outsourcing of the warehouse operations at Appliance Park for 45 days, meaning about 200 union workers will keep their jobs until Aug. 21. Dana Crittendon, president of IUE-CWA Local 761, announced the agreement in a letter to union workers on Friday. 

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  • University of Louisville faculty group opposes Bevin board shakeup

    University of Louisville faculty group opposes Bevin board shakeup

    Wednesday, July 6 2016 4:51 PM EDT2016-07-06 20:51:16 GMT

    The University of Louisville Faculty Senate voted Wednesday to issue a statement expressing concerns about Gov. Matt Bevin's abolition and re-creation of the university's Board of Trustees, according to U of L's student newspaper, The Cardinal News.

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    The University of Louisville Faculty Senate voted Wednesday to issue a statement expressing concerns about Gov. Matt Bevin's abolition and re-creation of the university's Board of Trustees, according to U of L's student newspaper, The Cardinal News.

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  • University of Louisville, SACS deny statement by Bevin's lawyer about accrediting issues

    University of Louisville, SACS deny statement by Bevin's lawyer about accrediting issues

    Wednesday, July 6 2016 3:54 PM EDT2016-07-06 19:54:52 GMT
    The University of Louisville's Belknap campusThe University of Louisville's Belknap campus

    The University of Louisville’s accrediting group will soon provide assurance that Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent abolition of the university’s Board of Trustees poses no risk for the university’s accreditation, Bevin's top lawyer told a judge on Wednesday. But the statement by Steve Pitt, Bevin’s general counsel, was immediately denied by the accrediting group.

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    The University of Louisville’s accrediting group will soon provide assurance that Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent abolition of the university’s Board of Trustees poses no risk for the university’s accreditation, Bevin's top lawyer told a judge on Wednesday. But the statement by Steve Pitt, Bevin’s general counsel, was immediately denied by the accrediting group.

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  • UPS, pilots union reach tentative deal on five-year labor contract

    UPS, pilots union reach tentative deal on five-year labor contract

    Thursday, June 30 2016 1:11 PM EDT2016-06-30 17:11:48 GMT
    A plane at UPS Worldport in LouisvilleA plane at UPS Worldport in Louisville

    After more than two years of negotiating, UPS Airlines and its pilot union have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract. UPS and the Independent Pilots Association announced the agreement in a press release Thursday, but they did not disclose specifics of the deal.

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    After more than two years of negotiating, UPS Airlines and its pilot union have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract. UPS and the Independent Pilots Association announced the agreement in a press release Thursday, but they did not disclose specifics of the deal.

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  • IMAGES | Meet the newly appointed University of Louisville trustees

    IMAGES | Meet the newly appointed University of Louisville trustees

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 7:20 PM EDT2016-06-29 23:20:37 GMT

    Here are the official biographies of Gov. Matt Bevin's ten appointees named Wednesday to the reconstituted University of Louisville Board of Trustees. These biographies were provided by Bevin's office.

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    Here are the official biographies of Gov. Matt Bevin's ten appointees named Wednesday to the reconstituted University of Louisville Board of Trustees. These biographies were provided by Bevin's office.

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  • Gov. Matt Bevin names 10 appointees to University of Louisville Board of Trustees

    Gov. Matt Bevin names 10 new appointments to U of L board of trustees

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-06-29 21:39:19 GMT

    On Wednesday morning, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin named 10 new appointments to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

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    On Wednesday morning, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin named 10 new appointments to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

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  • Two University of Louisville board appointees have business ties to U of L Foundation

    Two University of Louisville board appointees have business ties to U of L Foundation

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 2:47 PM EDT2016-06-29 18:47:45 GMT

    At least two of the ten people Gov. Matt Bevin appointed to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees on Wednesday have business connections to the U of L Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization that oversees the university’s $680 million endowment. 

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    At least two of the ten people Gov. Matt Bevin appointed to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees on Wednesday have business connections to the U of L Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization that oversees the university’s $680 million endowment. 

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  • Embassy Suites owner: hotel risks foreclosure because of mismanagement

    Embassy Suites owner: hotel risks foreclosure because of mismanagement

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 5:26 PM EDT2016-06-28 21:26:32 GMT
    Embassy Suites developer Eric BachelorEmbassy Suites developer Eric Bachelor

    Developer Eric Bachelor is asking a Jefferson County judge to immediately remove his partner, the Al J. Schneider Co., from its role as the hotel’s manager.

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    Developer Eric Bachelor is asking a Jefferson County judge to immediately remove his partner, the Al J. Schneider Co., from its role as the hotel’s manager.

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  • Humana, Aetna extend "end date" of merger agreement to Dec. 31

    Humana, Aetna extend "end date" of merger agreement to Dec. 31

    Saturday, June 25 2016 7:13 AM EDT2016-06-25 11:13:46 GMT

    The “end date” is a point at which either company can call off the deal if it is not already consummated.

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    The “end date” is a point at which either company can call off the deal if it is not already consummated.

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  • Ramsey won't say if he'll remain leader of University of Louisville Foundation

    Ramsey won't say if he'll remain leader of University of Louisville Foundation

    Thursday, June 23 2016 3:23 PM EDT2016-06-23 19:23:37 GMT
    University of Louisville President James RamseyUniversity of Louisville President James Ramsey

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  University of Louisville President James Ramsey declined multiple times Thursday to say whether he intends to remain as president of the school’s nonprofit foundation, even as a foundation board member publicly urged him to do so. Ramsey has said he will resign or retire from his job at the university by the end of the next academic year, but his tenure as president of the school’s affiliated foundation remains unclear. He is under contract...

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  University of Louisville President James Ramsey declined multiple times Thursday to say whether he intends to remain as president of the school’s nonprofit foundation, even as a foundation board member publicly urged him to do so. Ramsey has said he will resign or retire from his job at the university by the end of the next academic year, but his tenure as president of the school’s affiliated foundation remains unclear. He is under contract...

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  • Beshear challenges Bevin's remake of University of Louisville, Kentucky Retirement Systems boards

    Beshear challenges Bevin's remake of University of Louisville, Kentucky Retirement Systems boards

    Wednesday, June 22 2016 2:45 PM EDT2016-06-22 18:45:41 GMT

    Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking a judge to declare that Gov. Matt Bevin did not have the power to dismantle the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and the board of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, which manages $16 billion in state pension assets.

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    Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking a judge to declare that Gov. Matt Bevin did not have the power to dismantle the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and the board of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, which manages $16 billion in state pension assets.

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  • Four University of Louisville Foundation board members lose seats after Bevin shakeup

    Four University of Louisville Foundation board members lose seats after Bevin shakeup

    Wednesday, June 22 2016 10:13 AM EDT2016-06-22 14:13:31 GMT
    Former University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chairman Larry BenzFormer University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Benz

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s move to abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees has resulted in a partial shakeup of the board of the directors overseeing the university’s nonprofit foundation.

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    Gov. Matt Bevin’s move to abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees has resulted in a partial shakeup of the board of the directors overseeing the university’s nonprofit foundation.

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  • Humana moving 1,200 suburban office employees to downtown Louisville

    Humana moving 1,200 suburban office employees to downtown Louisville

    Tuesday, June 21 2016 4:41 PM EDT2016-06-21 20:41:55 GMT

    Humana Inc. will move nearly 1,200 workers from a former call center building off Blankenbaker Parkway in the east Louisville suburbs to two of the company's downtown buildings next summer. 

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    Humana Inc. will move nearly 1,200 workers from a former call center building off Blankenbaker Parkway in the east Louisville suburbs to two of the company's downtown buildings next summer. 

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  • Bevin's dismissal of trustees may affect University of Louisville's accreditation

    Bevin's dismissal of trustees may affect University of Louisville's accreditation

    Monday, June 20 2016 6:41 PM EDT2016-06-20 22:41:57 GMT

    The University of Louisville is looking into whether Gov. Matt Bevin’s unilateral dismissal of all 17 appointed members of the U of L Board of Trustees creates problems for the school’s standing with its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 

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    The University of Louisville is looking into whether Gov. Matt Bevin’s unilateral dismissal of all 17 appointed members of the U of L Board of Trustees creates problems for the school’s standing with its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 

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  • BEVIN: U of L president James Ramsey to resign, board of trustees to be replaced

    BEVIN: U of L president James Ramsey to resign, board of trustees to be replaced

    Saturday, June 18 2016 9:15 AM EDT2016-06-18 13:15:24 GMT

    In an executive order signed Friday morning, Gov. Matt Bevin scolded the 20-member board for its "lack of transparency and professionalism" and described the relationship between the U of L administration and trustees as "operationally dysfunctional."

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    In an executive order signed Friday morning, Gov. Matt Bevin scolded the 20-member board for its "lack of transparency and professionalism" and described the relationship between the U of L administration and trustees as "operationally dysfunctional."

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  • Vernon Lanes sold, new owner plans renovations

    Vernon Lanes sold, new owner plans renovations

    Monday, June 13 2016 6:44 PM EDT2016-06-13 22:44:59 GMT

    Vernon Lanes, the iconic Louisville bowling alley whose future looked questionable last year, has been sold and will be closed for renovations starting today. Louisville investment firm LEVO Capital, through an affiliate company, paid $775,000 for the building at 1575 Story Avenue in Butchertown.

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    Vernon Lanes, the iconic Louisville bowling alley whose future looked questionable last year, has been sold and will be closed for renovations starting today. Louisville investment firm LEVO Capital, through an affiliate company, paid $775,000 for the building at 1575 Story Avenue in Butchertown.

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  • Judge allows gas price lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum to continue

    Judge allows gas price lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum to continue

    Monday, June 13 2016 3:19 PM EDT2016-06-13 19:19:10 GMT
    A Marathon-branded gas stationA Marathon-branded gas station

    A federal judge in Louisville has turned down Marathon Petroleum’s request to dismiss Kentucky’s lawsuit alleging the Ohio oil refiner has a monopoly on the supply of gasoline in Louisville and Northern Kentucky. The June 8 ruling by U.S. District Judge David Hale means the lawsuit will move into the evidence-gathering stage, with all but one of the state’s claims against the company remaining intact. 

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    A federal judge in Louisville has turned down Marathon Petroleum’s request to dismiss Kentucky’s lawsuit alleging the Ohio oil refiner has a monopoly on the supply of gasoline in Louisville and Northern Kentucky. The June 8 ruling by U.S. District Judge David Hale means the lawsuit will move into the evidence-gathering stage, with all but one of the state’s claims against the company remaining intact. 

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